Russian Central Bank boosts assets 19%

RUSSIA - The Central Bank of Russia increased its assets from 1.72 trillion rubles to 2.04 trillion rubles, or 19.2%, in the first eight months of 2002, the Central Bank reported. Assets slipped 2% in August.

Central Bank loans to banks increased by 591 million rubles in August to 10.84 billion rubles.

Loans for the servicing of foreign debt rose 832 million rubles from 194.93 billion to 195.76 billion rubles.

Central Bank investment in securities went up 11.1% in the eight months from 328.78