Russian rouble slides in first trade of the year

Russian rouble slides in first trade of the year

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian rouble and Euro coins are seen in this illustration taken April 7, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The Russian rouble weakened on Tuesday against the dollar and euro in the first session of the year in Moscow amid light trading volumes during public holidays in Russia.

At 0705 GMT the rouble slid by 0.4% to the dollar to trade at 70.18 on the Moscow Exchange.

Against the euro, the rouble declined 0.6% to 74.67.

The rouble endured a volatile year in 2022, slumping to a record low 120 per dollar in March soon after Russia shook markets by sending tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, but then recovered on the support of capital controls and a collapse in imports.

    The imposition of a Western oil price cap and embargo hurt the rouble in December, but analysts expect the currency to remain relatively resilient in 2023 thanks to Russia's strong current account surplus.

Russian stock indexes were on the rise in early trade on Tuesday.

The dollar-denominated RTS index was up 0.25% at 972.8 points. The rouble-based MOEX Russian index gained 0.58% to 2,167 points.

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