The head of Goznak has offered to change the design of the Russian banknotes

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in fotoansicht banknotes at the factory FGUP Goznak Perm. Archival photoThe head of Goznak has offered to change the design of the Russian banknotes© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codiscovered the image Bank

The concept of the Russian banknotes, developed in the mid 1990-x years outdated, the time has come to make significant changes in their design — one of the first to change could be 5 th bill, the head of Goznak Arkady Trachuk.

«The concept of banknotes of the old sample was developed in the mid 90-ies. Of course, after that they are repeatedly being upgraded, the bills added new safety elements. And, in principle, from the point of view of security they are at a good enough level. But in General, the concept of such banknotes is already somewhat outdated. Yes, and the design is also a protective sign. Therefore, in our view, the time of significant changes in design has come», — he said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

«The banknote of 5000 rubles is one of the first, which may require modernization,» — said the head of Goznak.

While Trachuk did not comment on whether there are such plans, redirecting a question to the Bank of Russia. «Planned or not planned – it is a question still to the Bank of Russia. In any case we are working on this possibility, we have all the necessary resources and technology… We’re working on protective features, new solutions that can be used for the modernization of the older denominations, but the final word here to the Bank of Russia. When he finds it necessary to make a decision about this update, we’ll be ready,» — said the head of Goznak.

At the same time, he pointed out that the perception of banknotes in Russian society is quite conservative. According to him, it takes time for the adaptation of Russians to the new design of banknotes.

«We need to see how people will react to the same banknotes of 200 and 2000 rubles, which only recently appeared in circulation. If you remember, at the end of last year, early this year there were reports that where-that such bills were not taken, and someone was trying on the copier to make some copies. Always when entering banknotes there are such excesses. There may be a small amount, but it’s all about challenging the perception of the new banknotes at first,» reminded Trachuk.

According to him, the Russians have adapted to the new banknotes, no problem to handle in a normal way do not watch.

«The first stage of the acquaintance we have already passed. Now it’s important for us to get feedback of people on banknotes, their security features. It is important to understand the actual period of circulation of banknotes. I think that by the end of the year, such information will start to appear», — said Trachuk.

The full text of the interview is available on the website at 11.00 GMT.