"According to the figures provided by Rosstat (the Federal Statistics Service) September 18, aggregate inflation in [the first] eight and a half months of 2006 stood at 7.2%," Alexei Ulyukayev said.
He said the figure represented a year-on-year drop of 1.2 percentage points.
Ulyukayev said last week the bank forecast inflation at 8.5% this year, but could make minor adjustments to its forecast depending on inflation figures for September.
In 2005, inflation in Russia stood at 10.9%, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
The ministry has set a ceiling for 2006 inflation at 9%, then down to 6.5%-8% in 2007, 4.5-6% in 2008 and 4-5.5% in 2009.