January 31, 2019 / 1:01 PM / 8 months ago

Russian central bank calls reports of Venezuelan gold in Russia untrue

FILE PHOTO: Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina on Thursday ruled out as untrue reports of Venezuelan gold having been transported to Russia in a passenger plane.

The unusual arrival of a Russian passenger plane in Caracas set social media abuzz on Wednesday with rumours after the Kremlin pledged to support its ally Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro against a U.S.-backed effort to drive him from office.

Venezuelan social media was alive with theories - that it had brought mercenaries, was there to escort Maduro into exile, or was loading up with gold. None of those theories was based on solid evidence.

Reporting by Elena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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