Crimea on Rus­sian note

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Rus­sia on Thurs­day pre­sented a new bank note that shows im­ages of Crimea, the Ukrainian penin­sula an­nexed by Moscow in 2014. The note worth 200 rubles (USD 3.50) shows a naval memo­rial in the city of Sev­astopol, where Rus­sia's Black Sea fleet is based, and UNESCO-pro­tected Greek and Ro­man ru­ins at nearby Cher­son­e­sus. The de­sign also in­cludes a map of the penin­sula. The im­ages on the bank note were cho­sen af­ter a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion last year to pick sym­bols of Rus­sia. "The Rus­sian peo­ple chose th­ese sym­bols," the head of Rus­sia's cen­tral bank, Elvira Nabi­ul­lina, told jour­nal­ists in Moscow. "This re­flects the de­sire of the peo­ple of Rus­sia to see th­ese sym­bols on notes." She in­sisted that the new im­ages "will not harm the po­si­tion of the ru­ble in any way." By putting im­ages of Crimea in the na­tion's wal­lets, Rus­sia is cap­i­tal­is­ing on the wave of pa­tri­o­tism prompted by the penin­sula's an­nex­a­tion in March 2014. It also comes as a de­fi­ant re­sponse to Kiev and to the sanc­tions im­posed by Euro­pean Union and the United States that have hit the ru­ble hard.

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