Throughout its time, Russia has played a key role in shaping world history. From its time as an empire ruled by the Czars, its numbered years as a Provisional Government, to the eventual revolution that created the Soviet Union, and the eventual collapse that gave rise to modern Russia, the nation occupying the same land has been involved in all major world events. Russia has seen much change throughout the 20th century, and its history and development was recorded in its banknotes. This site is dedicated to archiving and revealing the history behind the banknotes of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, tracing it from 1898 to 1991. The navigation menu on the left side contains the links to each individual banknote and is arranged in chronological order.