MOSCOW (QHA) -

On Monday, April 9, the ruble's exchange rate against the dollar fell to last year's minimum, which was recorded in the fall of 2017, the Russian media reported.

At the moment, the US currency has appreciated to 60 rubles for the first time since November 16, 2017. And the Euro at the auction stands at the value of more than 73.5 rubles for the first time since September 2016.

Meanwhile, the main Russian stock indices also show a serious drop in the course of trading. Thus, the RTS index fell by 11%, the Moscow Stock Exchange index - by 9%. Leaders of the fall were shares of companies, whose executives were sanctioned, as well as metallurgical enterprises and banks.

Shares of UC RUSAL (owner - who fell under the sanctions of Oleg Deripaska) fell by 27.5%, Nornickel (with Deripaska's share) by 16.5%, Mechel by 17.5%, Sberbank by 14%. The shares of the gold mining company Polyus (owned by Said Kerimov, the son of Senator Suleiman Kerimov, also under sanctions) - by 13%, VTB shares fell 11% (the head of the bank Andrei Kostin is under the sanctions).

Earlier, on April 6, the United States included 38 Russian businessmen, officials and companies that are close to the Kremlin in the sanctions list.

Sanctions, in particular, are imposed against such oligarchs as Oleg Deripaska, Suleiman Kerimov, Kirill Shamalov and Viktor Vekselberg. Also among those who are now subject to restrictions - the head of Gazprom Aleksei Miller, FSB director Nikolai Patrushev and other officials.

QHA