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08/26/1998 16:15:35 Russia c.bank sees no foreign exchange controls

MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Russia's central bank does not

plan to apply currency controls to protect the sliding rouble as

this would mean a switch away from market economics, the bank's

spokeswoman said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

The central bank would not impose exchange controls because

this would be a move to "another form of economy" for which

Russia was not ready, Irina Yasina told Ekho-Moskvy radio.

Analysts and some officials have said Russia may have no

choice but to impose controls to limit the damage to the rouble,

which has been fallen heavily this week.

The currency was quoted at 8.26 to the dollar in morning

trade on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX), a five

percent fall from the previous fix.

Trade was suspended on the exchange and the central bank

declared all session deals null and void. Trade would be resumed

on Thursday at Tuesday's fix.

The rouble slid 41 percent against the mark on Wednesday to

fix at 7.6000 to the German currency.

((Moscow Newsroom, +7095 941-8520


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