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Adelle asks: What would 80 rubles from the 1960s be equivalent to in 2023 US dollars. I couldn't find an inflation calculator for rubles anywhere :(
Expert's answer:

The official exchange rate in the 1960s was 0.9 Soviet ruble to 1 US dollar. However, the Soviet ruble was not a convertible currency; on the black market, the price for 1 USD was about 8-10 Soviet rubles. So the amount of 80 rubles was equal to 8-10 dollars in the 1960s or about 70-100 dollars in 2023.

This is of course a very rough estimate, since the prices for all goods in the USSR were set by the state, therefore, for a number of goods, the purchasing power of the Soviet ruble could be high, while other goods simply did not exist or were in very limited supply (for example, cars).

Sufyan Anwer asks: Where do you see Ruble strengthening against USD till the end of 2023?
Expert's answer:
Some strengthening of the Russian ruble to the levels of about 65-70 rubles per USD can be expected in the first quarter of 2023. However, during the year, the reduction in export earnings due to sanctions restrictions will put pressure on the ruble and, most likely, the average exchange rate in 2023 will be in the range of about 70-80 rubles per dollar. So, most likely, there will be no significant strengthening of the ruble this year.
Laure asks: If someone spent 11 million rubles on a project in 1989. how much would he have to pay today to reach the same effect?
Expert's answer:
According to very rough estimates, taking into account the exchange rate on the black market in the USSR, 11 million Soviet rubles equaled about 1 million USD in 1989. Today, January 2023, this amount is about 2.2 million dollars or 154 million rubles.
Robin asks: Are United State Citizens allowed by my government and or your government to travel to Kemerovo?
Expert's answer:
For US citizens, there are no restrictions on visiting Russia and Kemerovo in particular. The official recommendation from the US government is Do Not Travel. Check the site of the embassy of Russia to the US to get the latest info about obtaining a Russian visa. As of January 2023, there are no direct flights from the US to Russia, so you will have to flight via Istanbul, Turkey to Moscow and from there to Kemerovo.
Tim asks: How much is a house in Russia?
Expert's answer:
As of mid-2022, the average cost of a country house suitable for year-round living amounted to 11.2 million rubles (about 160,000 USD) in Russia. At the same time, buyers are cutting budgets and choosing smaller houses. Half of the buyers are looking for a country house up to 100 sq. m for 3 million rubles (43,000 USD). Check the following auto-translated article about Country houses in Russia.
Fredrik asks: Why leopard is the main animal symbol that became historically in the coat of arms of Pskov? I cant find any information. It does not seem that there were any leopards nearby at that time (12th-13th centuries).
Expert's answer:

Great question! Today, there are different opinions about which animal was originally depicted in the coat of arms of Pskov. The motif used in the Pskov coat of arms to this day was formed, apparently, even before joining the Moscow principality.

On the coins and seals of the Pskov Republic, the "fierce beast", apparently a representative of the cat family, appeared approximately in the 1460s. Subsequently, Moscow princes and Russian tsars continued to use it as the emblem of Pskov.

The "List of all state seals" of 1626 has the following description of the Pskov coat of arms: "The Pskov seal: a leopard, land under the leopard." In the decree of 1666 on the making of the banner of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, there is such a description: "The Pskov seal, a lynx running on it." Nevertheless, most sources call the beast placed in the coat of arms a leopard. Check the following auto-translated article about the transformation of the coat of arms of Pskov with a lot of pictures.

A M asks: What is the current US and ZAR value of 1909 Russian Ruble 5RF?
Expert's answer:
The average collectible value of this banknote (5 Russian Rubles issued in 1909) is about 5 USD. You can check the prices on Ebay yourself, just use a search query like: 5 rubles 1909.
Rob asks: What is the price of auto fuel in Russia?
Expert's answer:
As of December 2022, the price of gasoline in most regions of Russia is in the range of about 45-55 rubles per liter (0.75-0.9 USD), diesel fuel - 50-60 rubles (0.8-1 USD).
Steve asks: How much does a Russian university student need per month in Saint Petersburg? (Russian citizen, not international student). What is the minimum, and what is comfortable, including housing?
Expert's answer:
Check the following article about student living cost in St. Petersburg.
Chris D asks: I have a 1910 100 ruble note. Can you give me an idea of its value? Thanks!
Expert's answer:
The average collectible value of this banknote is about 1,500 Rubles (20-30 USD). You can check Ebay yourself, just use a search query like: 100 rubles 1910

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