The Bank of Russia sold 2.4 bln rubles ($30.66 mln) worth of foreign exchange on the domestic market with settlements on October 1 as part of preventive measures curbing volatility, the regulator reported on Friday.
The MOEX index extended losses to 2.1% on Moscow Exchange on Friday trading at 2,829.47 points.
The MOEX index fell by 1.7% and reached 2,840.72 points, while the RTS index decreased by 1.47% to 1,157.17 points.
Ordinary shares of Sberbank dropped by 7.8% compared with the previous closing as Friday trading opened on Moscow Exchange, reaching 209.54 rubles per share at some point.
Japanese stocks edged up Friday as they reopened after being shut down all the previous day by a technical fault, though markets across Asia were mixed in holiday-thinned trade with investors keeping an eye on stimulus talks in Washington.
Australian shares shed more than 1 per cent on Friday, declining further from their modest losses initially in reaction to US President Donald Trump testing positive for Covid-19, eclipsing any optimism stemming from easing of the local virus-led curbs.
The Russian stock market started October trading sessions with a decline amid falling oil prices and the aggravation of the epidemiological and geopolitical situation.
Stocks were rising, led by strong gains in the NASDAQ, as investors continue to hope that U.S. lawmakers will reach an agreement on additional stimulus to help the U.S. economy.
U.S. equity futures are indicating a higher open on Wall Street ahead of the first trading session of October .
The Bank of Russia sold 2.5 bln rubles ($32.31 mln) worth of foreign exchange on the domestic market with settlements on September 30 as part of preventive measures curbing volatility, the regulator reported on Thursday.