Putin successfully using GOLD to defeat international sanctions on Russia
03/27/2024 // Richard Brown // Views

Since the Western world implemented widespread sanctions against Russia over its special military operation in Ukraine in early 2022, President Vladimir Putin's strategy for evading economic disaster has relied on linking the ruble's value to gold, sparking both intrigue and concern globally.

Despite facing an onslaught of over 16,000 sanctions, targeting everything from Russian trade, finance and even technology, Putin's Russia has exhibited resilience, with the economy showing signs of growth and the military apparatus expanding. This economic and military resilience has confounded many observers, especially given the severity of the sanctions imposed.

One notable consequence of the sanctions is the isolation of sanctioned individuals and entities from the global financial system, including multiple Russian billionaires and oligarchs.

Gold's role in mitigating the impact of sanctions on Russia is multifaceted. By tying the ruble's value to gold, Russia aims to establish a stable alternative currency and protect against currency devaluation. (Related: Gold industry insider Chris Olson discusses the RISE in gold and silver prices with Mike Adams.)

Russia's status as the world's second-largest producer of gold has been pivotal in this strategy. With significant annual production and predictions of continued growth, Russia is well-positioned to leverage its gold reserves to navigate geopolitical challenges.

However, the success of Putin's gold strategy hinges on various factors, including global gold prices and the willingness of consumers and investors to embrace gold's status as a safe haven asset.

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Additionally, the effectiveness of sanctions in disrupting Russia's gold trade remains a point of contention. Western nations are considering coordinated efforts to restrict the flow of gold into and out of the Russian Federation, particularly by targeting key buyers such as Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

Western nations are also considering targeting India, China and several other key nations that have played a significant role in keeping trade and financial connections with Russia open, mitigating the impact of Western sanctions, especially by continuing to purchase Russian energy resources at competitive prices.

Any efforts targeting third parties may not work, as India and China have emerged as the top buyers of Russian oil since 2022 and are unlikely to change course due to the beneficial trade deals Moscow has offered Beijing and New Delhi.

Furthermore, both countries have also stayed within the boundaries set by the Western bloc, demonstrating their strategic approach to balancing economic interests with their diplomatic ties with the West.

Putin wants gold to replace the U.S. dollar

Putin's ambitions extend far beyond the economic realm, as he envisions gold replacing the U.S. dollar as the primary global trade medium. However, the success of this vision hinges on increasing gold's value, a variable influenced by factors such as consumer demand and central bank policies.

In response to Putin's strategy, consumers and investors worldwide, particularly in North America, wield the potential to impact gold's market dynamics through their purchasing decisions. For instance, significant investments in gold by American consumers, facilitated by platforms like Costco, inadvertently contribute to Putin's agenda, particularly if the gold originates from Russian sources.

Counteracting Putin's gold strategy demands a multifaceted approach. It necessitates not only individual consumer choices but also coordinated efforts by major gold-producing nations and strategic policy adjustments. The challenge lies in diminishing gold's allure without destabilizing the global economy, given its integral role in financial markets and stability.

Understanding and disrupting the dynamics of the gold market may prove instrumental in undermining Russia's geopolitical ambitions and resilience against sanctions. This calls for a nuanced understanding of the interconnectedness of international markets and the strategic deployment of measures aimed at curbing the influence of Russian gold on the global stage.

Watch this clip from Fox Business with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – both Republicans – discussing how President Joe Biden's sanctions against Russia are not working.

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