“I am always for the ruble, now it’s absolutely absolutely ... Anyway, the stakes are higher for the ruble,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying on the Big Game program on Channel One.

Kostin noted that the ruble against the background of sanctions and falling oil prices showed a slight strengthening. He also said that the stability of the Russian currency in the future does not raise questions.

In October 2018, a survey of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM) showed that 66% of Russian residents keep their savings in rubles.