MINSK — Belarus has redenominated its currency once again, cutting four zeroes off its face value, as the country struggles with recession. The redenomination is the third since the nation of 10 million became independent after the 1991 Soviet collapse.
The Belarusian ruble, which had traded at 20,000 to the dollar before the move, now stands at 2 rubles a dollar.
Most Belarusians met the news without enthusiasm. Igor Trofimchuk, a 46-year-old engineer, said it “definitely didn’t make us richer.” Retiree Tatiana Protasova, 73, also felt that it would not hide a steady rise in consumer prices.
Belarus’s economy, which depends on neighboring Russia for cheap energy and subsidies, shrank 4 percent last year. It is forecast to contract 3 percent this year.
President Alexander Lukashenko’s government has sought a $3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.