LBMA creates Russian bullion bars database for customs authority use By Peter Hobson Reuters Friday, December 2, 2022
LONDON -- The London Bullion Market Association is creating a database of Russian gold bars held by banks in London to help prevent sanctions evasion by Russian companies or the Russian central bank, the industry group said.
Banks and the LBMA are reluctant to say how much Russian gold is held in vaults.
But disclosures by gold-owning investment funds show that hundreds of tonnes accumulated in London, Zurich, and New York before Russia invaded Ukraine in February
Numbers from 11 funds show around 7% of all the gold they hold -- currently around 160 tonnes worth some $9 billion -- is Russian.
The LBMA will make its data available to customs authorities and market participants -- but not the public -- to help them check that Russian gold bar s moving between countries or owners were outside Russia before sanctions were imposed. ...