Russians believe that after the New Year vacations, the U.S. dollar will rise to 81.6 rubles and the European dollar to 92.3 rubles, writes Finanz.ru with a reference to a poll conducted by the service superjob.ru.
The expected values are 10% higher than the current ones – 73.54 rubles per dollar and 82.96 rubles per euro, according to Moscow Exchange data as of Friday 13.02.
A poll carried out by the Bank of Russia in November showed a similar picture: 50% of the population expects the ruble to weaken further.
Having gone through a 20% devaluation last year, the ruble has not managed to win back one penny from the dollar this year, despite the increase in oil prices to a six-year high and an unprecedented jump in gas prices in Europe.
Alfa bank has the most pessimistic outlook on the ruble: the dollar is expected to reach 80 rubles, noting the capital flight and the future tightening of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy.