It's been 20 years since the disintegration of the USSR. In this article we are going to tell you about the events which happened in Kazakhstan during this time.
So, on January 22nd, 1991, President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev signed the edict about recalling from circulation 100-rouble and 50-rouble denominations of 1961. They were to be exchanged for smaller ones within just three days. Moreover, one person could exchange no more than 1000 rubles, and no more than 500 rubles could be withdrawn from an account.
Mass media informed about the edict late in the evening, when all the stores and banks were closed. So the next day, endless lines could be seen on the streets. Government wanted to withdraw from use at least some part of the surplus money. The money reform resulted in impoverishment of people.