Life during hyperinflation
January 6, 2009 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Life during hyperinflation
The black market Snickers index. Change given in chewing gum. A party game where, if you guess how many rubles are in the jar, you win a jelly bean. And oh yeah, non-candy-related mayhem and chaos. What happened in Russia when communism collapsed and the ruble became worthless? How did life change, and how did people survive? I'm blogging about the time I spent studying and working in Moscow in 1991 and 1993 because I think it is a story that has resonance today. I'm posting a chapter a week. Hope you enjoy.
posted by staggering termagant (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Thank you for sharing this, you're a very talented storyteller.
posted by anifinder at 2:13 PM on January 6, 2009

Wow, amazing stories and you tell them really well. I look forward to more!
posted by amethysts at 6:24 PM on January 7, 2009

This is excellent.
posted by JDHarper at 10:25 PM on January 9, 2009

I'm engrossed; great stuff!
posted by Korou at 11:44 PM on January 10, 2009

this is absolutely fantastic, thank you for posting.
posted by xbonesgt at 12:36 PM on January 15, 2009

Wow. You make me want to be a better writer. Beautifully written.
And I hope you find Dmitry.
posted by CruiseSavvy at 7:33 PM on January 22, 2009

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