Russian reboot of Crimea bring rubles and confusion 

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — When his university stipend finally arrived, several days late, Anton Zavalii was unquestionably relieved and also a bit puzzled.
A doctor at a city hospital also studying for his doctoral degree, he was accustomed to getting Ukrainian currency by debit card. Instead, he had to line up at a small window at the university bookkeeper’s office to get a thick stack of crisp, new Russian rubles, untouched by human hands. The bills were in precise numeric sequence.
Then he started trying to use the rubles around Simferopol, capital city of the Crimean peninsula. Taxi drivers looked baffled. Grocery store clerks were exasperated. No one knew exactly what to do with a currency that seemed to appear just overnight.

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Russian reboot of Crimea bring rubles and confusion 

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — When his university stipend finally arrived, several days late, Anton Zavalii was unquestionably relieved and also a bit puzzled.

A doctor at a city hospital also studying for his doctoral degree, he was accustomed to getting Ukrainian currency by debit card. Instead, he had to line up at a small window at the university bookkeeper’s office to get a thick stack of crisp, new Russian rubles, untouched by human hands. The bills were in precise numeric sequence.

Then he started trying to use the rubles around Simferopol, capital city of the Crimean peninsula. Taxi drivers looked baffled. Grocery store clerks were exasperated. No one knew exactly what to do with a currency that seemed to appear just overnight.

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    An interesting look into the state of Crimea now that it’s annexation into the Russian Federation has begun.
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