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Many Russians are buying dollars and hoarding cash, increasingly concerned by a slide in the ruble and wary of possible restrictions on bank withdrawals as President Vladimir Putin blames currency woes on speculators and the West.The ruble has fallen more than 25 percent against the dollar in 2014, with especially heavy losses in the past month when the currency repeatedly hit all-time lows despite the central bank spending around $30 billion to defend the currency.Viktoria Openko, deputy head of currency conversion operations at mid-sized Russian lender B&N Bank, said demand for dollars had risen more than four times in Moscow from Oct. 9 compared with the preceding two months and the bank had to increase the number of times it restocked its branches.
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