Zilya Valeyeva: ‘Everyone who votes for the Kazan Kremlin will definitely have money’

The banknote of 200 ‘wooden’ rubles made of plywood was installed in the Museum-Reserve Kazan Kremlin near Kul-Sharif Mosque

Zilya Valeyeva: ‘Everyone who votes for the Kazan Kremlin will definitely have money’
Photo: Maksim Platonov

The monument to the 200-ruble banknote, made of plywood, appeared in the Kazan Kremlin. In that way Tatartsan decided to support Kazan in the competition for the right to place its sights on the banknote, which is to be released by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. According to the results of the local competition, the contractor on a voluntary basis became the Kazan Studio ENTWINE. The correspondent of Realnoe Vremya watched how the wooden currency banknote was presented and how Zilya Valeyeva, supporting the action, promised that all those who vote for Kazan will definitely have money.

200 wooden rubles appeared in the Kazan Kremlin

Kazan went further in the race for the right to put Kazan on the banknote denomination of 200 rubles – there was the opening of the monument to the banknote in the Kazan Kremlin. The place was chosen by the citizens of Kazan on the website 200kazan.ru. According to voting results, they chose the area in front of the southern block of the Cannon yard and the Kul-Sharif Mosque.

The Kazan Studio of computational design ENTWINE has designed and manufactured the 'note' from water resistant plywood on its own initiative. As the head of the Studio Rustam Ilayev told Realnoe Vremya, six people were engaed in the project, and, taking into account all stages of the agreement, the work took over a week. In the Kazan Kremlin, the monument will be installed until the end of voting for the symbol of the new banknotes of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. Its fate is not clear. Maybe, it'll go to the studio of the creators.

A crowd of young people wearing t-shirts with printed 200 rubles and flags with a similar pattern in front of the monument

The guest of honour at the opening of the monument was Zilya Valeyeva. Having thanked the creator of the wooden banknote, the director of the museum-reserve Kazan Kremlin noticed that Kazan has every reason to win this contest because it is really the third capital of Russia.

Then she speculated on the topic that life is changeable, and the money is both fun and boring.

'I like the formula: there is no money but, at the same time, there is money. So I want to say about today's opening of the temporary monument, which will be here before the end of voting: everyone, who votes for the Kazan Kremlin, will definitely have money.'

The race for two hundred rubles is still continuing?

After a short introductory speech, a wooden 200-ruble banknote appeared before the audience in all its beauty. Since the studio of computer design was engaged in the creation of the monument, the team tried to portray it from the point of view of complex curvilinear forms. Having made the views of the Kazan Kremlin three-dimensional, the guys have not forgotten about the distinctive signs on the Russian banknotes — in the bottom left corner is a strict inscription: 'The counterfeit of the tickets of the Bank of Russia is punishable by law', and slightly above – a number.

In the bottom left corner is a strict inscription: 'The counterfeit of the tickets of the Bank of Russia is punishable by law'

From 5 to 30 August, the fund 'Public opinion' will conduct among the population the survey, on the result of which it will be identified 10 cities/areas and 20 related characters. From 5 September to 5 October, online and offline voting will take place, after which two winners of the competition will fight for the victory. The symbols of these cities will appear on the banknotes in denomination of 200 and 2000 rubles. The results will be announced on 7 October.

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Mariya Gorozhaninova. Photo: Maksim Platonov