Jun 16


Russia cuts US debt holding by more than 40% over year (RT, June 16, 2015):

Russia held US Treasury bills worth $66.5 billion as of April this year, according to the latest monthly report from the US Treasury. That compares with the $116.4 billion held a year ago.

From March to April 2015, Russia sold $3.4 billion in US Treasury bonds,reported US Department of the Treasury Monday.


Since August 2014, the value of US bonds in the Russian government portfolio has been steadily declining and the volume of Russian investments in US bonds dropped dramatically. Russia is now only 22nd on the list of the major US debt holders, compared to twelfth place in April 2014.

Russian de-dollarization

The Western sanctions imposed against Russia last year over re-unification with Crimea and its position in Ukrainian crisis have pushed Moscow to cut its dependence on the US dollar and build a more self-sufficient financial system.

Western sanctions have encouraged Russia to work more actively with Asia, as the Asia-Pacific region and BRICS, as they make up 60 percent of the world GDP, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week.

The BRICS summit in Russia this July will see the opening of the $100 billion New Development Bank, intended to compliment the World Bank and sponsor infrastructure projects within the group. Another project to be launched is currency pool worth another $100 billion, expected to guard the group from exchange rate volatility, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in May.

More than 40 countries and associations have said they would like to boost trade with the Russia-led economic block known as the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Vietnam became the first country out of the EEU to sign a free trade zone deal with the block in May and is considering switching to local currencies in bilateral trade. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow was ready to consider a currency union across the EEU.

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, issued its first credit guarantees in yuan this June, which marked another step in its de-dollarizing policy.

Yuan-ruble trade in Russia has grown 800 percent between January and September 2014, and accounts for 7 percent of bilateral trade, with a huge potential to grow, according to May data.

Who owns US debt?

China and Japan are the biggest holders of US Treasury bonds, four times as much as held in the Caribbean Banking Centers (a tax haven than includes Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Panama).

As of February, Japan officially held more US debt than China, when Beijing disposed of $15.4 billion in debt. However, in March-April Beijing boosted US Treasury debt by $39.7 billion, which reached $1,263 trillion and ousted Japan, holding $1.215 trillion worth bonds, from first place.

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One Response to “Russia cuts US debt holding by more than 40% over year”

  1. Marilyn Gjerdrum Says:

    This is an important story because it best illustrates the falling power and value of the dollar or the role of any world reserve currency in today’s technology…..

    Until the advent of the first electronic currency, the Sucre, in Spring of 2010, the dollar had a stranglehold over the world economy. Every economy in the world had to convert their currency to the dollar to trade with other nations. After the advent of the Sucre, the role of the dollar has been diminished severely. The Sucre was the beginning of the end for the dollar’s monopoly. Russia and China adopted the Sucre model, and much of the world has adopted the same system, and considering the total lack of responsibility by the US bankers, it is no surprise.

    What I find amazing is that this essential story that has been growing since Spring of 2010 has been totally buried and ignored by western media…..Do they really think it will not happen if they ignore it?

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