Forbes has the story:
“It seems that everyone needs a bailout, including the people doing the bailing. Vnesheconombank, the state-controlled development bank in charge of the government’s $200.0 billion aid package, is asking for $34.0 billion from the state, according to Russian press reports on Wednesday. Fortunately for the bank better known as VEB, this is a request that has little chance of being thwarted, given that the chair of its board is none other than Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.”
A Vedomosti report points out that Russia’s international reserves total $449.9 billion, which means VEB is asking for over 7.5% of the country’s gold and foreign currency.