Russian orders block on foreign clients' bids to sell Russian securities - document

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MOSCOW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Russia's central bank has ordered professional stock market participants to suspend the execution of all orders by foreign legal entities and individuals to sell Russian securities from Monday morning, an internal document showed.

The document was published by ACI Russia, the national organisation of Russian financial market specialists.

The bank's media relations department did not respond to a Reuters request to confirm the authenticity of the document.

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Two financial market sources confirmed to Reuters that the document had been sent to brokers by the central bank.

It said the measures were being taken by the regulator "in connection with the current crisis in the financial market and in order to ensure the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of investors in financial markets".

The central bank order is valid from 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Feb. 28 until the "cancellation of this order".

The document does not specify whether it applies to government securities. The order does not apply to applications submitted before 7 a.m. Monday.

The document was signed by central bank deputy chairman Philip Gabunia.

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Reporting by Reuters in Moscow; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Stephen Coates

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