The Central Bank of Russia announced that it won’t issue a new one-thousand-ruble banknote, according to an official statement issued by the bank.
The statement explained that this new banknote wasn’t widely circulated.
A few days ago, the Russian Monetary Authority announced the issuance of two new banknotes worth one thousand and five thousand rubles.
Among the items on the thousand-ruble note is a drawing depicting teacher in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, whose majority population is Muslim.
The drawing includes a watchtower with a crescent moon and an Orthodox church without a cross on its dome.
This drawing was used as a symbol of coexistence between Muslims and Orthodox in Russia.
Over time, the cross was removed from the top of the church dome during the Soviet period.
The use of an image of a church without a cross has drawn criticism from religious officials.
According to Vladimir Legoyda, spokesman for the Russian Patriarchate, the bank should choose symbols more carefully when designing banknotes, to avoid creating unnecessary tension.
The spokesman expressed his welcome to the decision to withdraw the paper from circulation, noting the importance of the Orthodox cross, which symbolizes the religious and cultural identity of the large majority of citizens, remaining a natural part of the state’s symbols.