The bills here are all printed on tiny little strips of paper and delivered as little rolls in our mailbox holes or even the keyholes on our doors. Every time I see it, I laugh. Last time I happened to have our camera along just after they were delivered. This is typical of the Russian art of frugalness: they must get at least 10-20 bills out of every regular sized sheet of paper. At least!
And then something else that made me laugh:
Yesterday Jaan and I started reading Russian history. (Don't worry, we do American history, too.) The introductory section was about what Russia was like way back when it was a bunch of separate tribes. Other tribes or people groups came in from outside and "collected tribute" from the Slavic tribes. That was a new concept for Jaan, so I explained it. His comment: "That's just like now." Huh? "In those days they said 'Pay us, or we'll kill you and burn your villages.' Now they just say 'Pay us, or we'll turn off your electricity.'"