When banks were flooded with loan requests from businesses struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, hastily built robots helped several lenders cope with the deluge.
Asian markets sank on Thursday after a meltdown in New York and Europe sparked by France reimposing a nationwide lockdown to battle a new wave of virus infections.
Japanese shares fell to a one-month low on Thursday weighed by concerns about fresh coronavirus lockdowns in Europe, although companies issuing bullish forecasts during earnings season limited losses.
US stocks cratered on Wednesday amid a continued spike in COVID-19 cases that prompted a new wave of lockdowns in Europe.
The Russian stock indices accelerated the decline in the middle of the week alongside with the Western stock indices and oil prices.
The dollar exchange rate gained 1.04% on Moscow Exchange on Wednesday to 78.11 rubles.
As of 12:24 am Moscow time, the RTS index extended losses to 3.08% trading at 1,096.49 points, while the MOEX index was down by 1.91% at 2,710.3 points.
The volume of currency sold by the Bank of Russia with settlements on October 26 amounted to 8.6 bln rubles ($110.6 mln).
The amount of funds at retail currency deposits continued declining in September 2020 and dropped by $1 bln over the last month, having been the highest figure since March, the Kommersant newspaper reports on Wednesday, citing data of the Bank of Russia.
The dollar added 0.23%and climbed to 77.49 rubles in early trading on the Moscow Exchange on Wednesday.