The Russian central bank set its official rouble-dollar rate for September 4 at 13.4608 to the dollar, weaker than the previous 12.8198. The rouble has now slid 52 per cent since the August 17 "devaluation".
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RUSSIA's main RTS index closed down 6.40 per cent at 61.43, just above its all-time low of 61.15 on a minute turnover of $1.18m. Dealers said investors, badly burnt Westerners in particular, are not expected to return until the country's desperate economic and political situation has been solved.