The Russian foreign dept has been reduced by $53bn in 2Q18 and 3Q18 reaching the level of mid 2019 – $467bn, according to the fresh CBR data.
On October 1, the foreign dept of the Russian government as well as other entities, including banks and corporations, was 20.4% of Russia’s GDP. In mid 2014, the Russian foreign dept was $732.7bn. By October 1, it had been reduced by 30%.
One of the factors contributing to the reduction of the foreign dept is the Russian withdrawal from the US treasuries. In August 2018, the Russian share in the US treasuries was reduced to to just $14 billion from $180 billion back in 2011.
The Russian web portal RBC, the Russian foreign dept has also changed its structure by reducing amount of the dept in USD. Now, EUR and Rub are a notable part of it.