(QHA) -

All the currency exchange offices in Crimea will be closed in 2015, deputy chairman of the Bank of Russia Mikhail Sukhov, announced.

"I think the only thing that we will lose, in the positive sense, is a lgreat amount of foreign currency exchange offices. When a part of Ukraine, there were about 1500 offices in Crimea. We do not see any special need to preserve this form of financial services ", - said Sukhov.

According to him, the majority of tourists come to Crimea form Russia, so there is no need in the exchange offices.

"There are no exchange offices in Russia for three years now" - Sukhov said.

The Bank of Russia surprised markets by raising interest rates by 1.5 percentage points, the largest hike since March, in an effort to provide support for the ruble and address rising consumer inflation. The ruble has hit record lows almost every day in October amid concerns about Russia’s economy.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March.

QHA