Russian ruble

Throughout its history Russia has had various version of the ruble, which is divided into 100 kopeks

Russian one rouble coin. Heads (right) and tails (left)
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The latest manifestation, RUB (replacing the RUR) was introduced in 1998 (although all notes and first issues of coins bear the year 1997).

All pre-1998 currency is obsolete. The ruble is sometimes symbolised using ₽.

Coins are issued in 1, 5, 10, and 50 kopek and RUB1, RUB2, RUB5 and RUB10 denominations.

Rouble coins
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Banknotes come in RUB10, RUB50, RUB100, RUB500, RUB1000 and RUB5000 banknotes.

The 5 ruble note is no longer issued or found in general circulation.

The 10 ruble note ceased being printed in 2010 and will suffer the same fate. Both remain legal tender.

Kopeks are generally useless, with most prices given to the nearest ruble. The 1 and 5 kopek coins are especially useless: even places that quote prices in non whole rubles will round to the nearest 10 kopeks.

The ruble has been fairly stable in recent years (at least up until the Ukraine crisis in August 2014), hovering around 38 to the US dollar and about 49 to the euro.

All banknotes have special marks (dots and lines in relief) to aid the blind in distinguishing values.

Russian law forbids payments other than in rubles.

Russian ruble
Russian:  рубль (rublʹ) (pl. рубли́)
Kopek, sometimes written as kopecks or copecks
Russian: копе́йка, kopeyka; pl. копе́йки, kopeyki)

1998 redenomination

The ISO 4217 code is RUB or 643; the former code, RUR or 810, refers to the Russian ruble before the 1998 redenomination (1 RUB = 1000 RUR).