Surprises me how anyone imagines that #Russia only has 1800+ tons. Just look at the fact that they never export #gold production and what they have annually produce for years. That is just for starters,
Soviet Union aside, from wiki, we see that gold production in Russia (graph) seems to have stayed above 100 metric tons a year (minimum of 100 x 20 years would be 2000). I can't find any support for "Russia doesn't allow gold exports" or that they've ever done this, though it's possible they did this during the Soviet Era. I can find Russian gold coins (latest year) on GovMint, so it seems like they are allowing non-Russians to buy gold, or is this gold from other countries?
Is there any evidence that Russia does not allow gold exports and circumstances which may warrant exceptions?