Do Not Speak of the Dollar

The ruble has been so unstable that many Russians prefer dollars. But not the Russian parliament. It's adopting a law that would fine government ministers when they substitute "dollar" instead of "ruble" Which prompted the defense minister to come up with a new currency. Speaking about a new contract to sell fighter aircraft, he said the deal has "a value of more than one billion ... of that thing that you are not allowed to say anymore."

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The ruble has been so unstable that many Russians prefer dollars, but not the Russian parliament. It's adopting a law that would fine government ministers when they substitute dollar instead of ruble, which prompted the defense minister to come up with a new currency. Speaking about a new contract to sell fighter aircraft, he said the deal has, quote, a value of more than one billion - of that thing that you are not allowed to say anymore. This is NPR's MORNING EDITION.

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