ST PETERSBURG, July 2 Russia plans to issue a
banknote dedicated to Crimea, a senior central bank official
said on Wednesday, the latest expression of national pride over
Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine.
"We plan to issue a banknote dedicated to Crimea, but it
will be a banknote of the denominations already in circulation,"
Georgy Luntovsky, the bank's first deputy chairman, told
journalists at a banking conference in St Petersburg.
Luntovsky said he hoped the banknote would be issued by the
end of the year but gave no further details.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March, prompting a
surge in national fervour by reclaiming what many Russians see
as their historic land but also precipitating the worst standoff
in East-West relations since the Cold War.
It was not immediately clear what the Crimea banknote would
look like, though a Russian politician earlier suggested it
should depict monuments in Crimea, including those in Sevastopol
where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.
($1 = 34.2200 Russian Roubles)
(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; Writing by Alexander Winning,
editing by Elizabeth Piper and Toby Chopra)