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Peter asks: My father gave me when he passed at least 500000 in 1993 rubles I believe. I don't know if and never thought they could be worth anything. He was a shipping agent and traveled the whole world his whole life.
Expert's answer:
These banknotes are out of circulation now and can't be exchanged in banks. The average collectible values of these banknotes are in the range of about 5-20 USD per banknote. You can check the prices yourself on Ebay, just search for something like: 10000 rubles 1993. All the banknotes with some info about the collectible prices can be seen here (auto-translated from Russian).
art asks: Is $6,000 cad a month enough to live in Moscow?
Expert's answer:
As of August 2022, it is about 270,000 Rubles. Most working people in Moscow earn in the range of about 50,000-70,000 Rubles per month. So this sum will be enough to live in this city, rent an apartment not far from the center.
DaQuan asks: I have rubles I would to exchange or sell. I'm in the United States. Will I be able to?
Expert's answer:
Previously, this was possible in the offices of large banks, as well as in some exchange offices. I'm not sure that this is still possible. Contact several banks and get this information first hand. If the amount is small, then probably not worth the bother.
Chris asks: In 1911, my Russian grandfather wrote "Gouvner, Russia" as his place of birth on his US Naturalization record, but I can't find any information about this being a real place. Everything else he wrote seems accurate and verifiable. Any chance you've heard of or can find this town? Thank you!
Expert's answer:
It is difficult to find anything without the Russian spelling of this place. If you have a photo of any original document where this place is mentioned in Russian, that might help me find it. Send it here contact@russiatrek.org
Mailes asks: Hey. How much cash money (minimum sum) I should have for my 80 days stay in Russia for crossing the border of Russia without problem? If there is minimum monetary support of the trip at august 2022
Expert's answer:
You can bring cash in an amount equivalent to no more than 10,000 USD into Russia without declaring it. This amount will be more than enough for you 80 days stay in the country. The minimum budget I think starts at about 5,000 USD, although you can spend even less. Most working people in Russia earn in the range of about 400-700 USD per month.
Mohamed asks: PCR test certificate is required when I arrive Russia airport
Expert's answer:
As of June 26, 2022, the requirement to have a negative PCR test when entering Russia is still in effect. The test must be done no more than 48 hours before the day of arrival in the country.
Mustaf asks: I go to study Moscow in September 200-250 dollar is enough per month ? (excluding accommodation only food, transport and a some cheap activities )
Expert's answer:
I think this will not be enough, if you cook yourself, then the amount of about 300-400 USD a month should be enough.
Teresa asks: I'd like to know what was the size of Russian Paper Money in the 19th century?
Expert's answer:
In the 19th century, there were several different banknotes in the Russian Empire, you can see all of them with detailed information including size here. You can use Google Translate to translate the pages.
Amsterdam asks: What languages are spoken in Jewish Autonomous Oblast?
Expert's answer:
According to the 2010 census, in the JAO with a total population of 176,558 people and a Jewish population of 1,628 people, 97 people (6% of the Jewish population) mentioned that they can speak Yiddish, 312 people (19% of the Jewish population) - Hebrew, and Hebrew without specification - 54 people. The population of the region in general, and Jews in particular, don't use Yiddish as a spoken language, although there is a certain interest in Yiddish culture in this region, a newspaper is published, plays are staged, some books are published.
Laura asks: How much was a the ruble to dollar rate in 1990. Before the fall of the Soviet Ruble.
Expert's answer:
In 1990, the official exchange rate was 0.6 Soviet rubles to 1 USD. However, this meant little in real life, since in the USSR it was impossible to buy or sell foreign currency in a bank. On the black market, the cost of 1 USD was about 4-5 Soviet rubles.

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