January 14, 1991

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1991, Valentin Pavlov became the premier of the U.S.S.R. and succeed Nikolai Ryzhkov. Valentin Pavlov initiated the 1991 Soviet Monetary Reform (also called the Pavlov Reform) in an attempt the prevent the Soviet monetary system from collapsing. It involved the forced exchange of old rubles for the shiny new ones. It did not stop the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it did train Soviet citizens to rush to the banks every time he was seen on TV, which was a true Pavlovian response.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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