Russian President Vladimir Putin calls on the parliament to ratify the agreement between the CIS states to expand the use of national currencies in foreign trade and financial transactions instead of the dollar and the euro. In addition, it is proposed to introduce a single currency for the countries of the former USSR. But de facto, it is the beginning of the revival of the Golden Horde, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Radio Free Europe.
For many people in the former Soviet Union states the proposal of President Vladimir Putin to reduce the circulation of the dollar in these countries was not unexpected. However, the common currency for the Eurasian Economic Union, which is to replace the dollar, was named the ‘altyn’, and that surprised the author of the article.
The word ‘altyn’ both sounds like Turkic and has Turkic roots, however, like many Russian terms associated with the statehood and finance, the journalist says. Starting in the XV century, the altyn was the main currency in the territory of modern Russia. Perhaps that is why the leaders of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have chosen this name.
Altyn is translated as gold. At the same time, and the word ‘dengi’ was originally designated as currency, which had been used in the territory of Russia for centuries, up to the XVIII century. Then, the coins began to portray Saint George with a spear (kop’yo – Rus.) in his hand, and then the ‘kopeyka’ or kopeck appeared, which replaced the altyn.
The smallest monetary unit in Kazakhstan is called the ‘tyin’ – a Turkic world that was used by tens of millions of Soviet citizens for the Russian kopeck.
All this shows that the Russian history is intertwined with both the history of the Volga region, and the history of the North Caucasus and Central Asia, which together were making the land of the Golden Hordeu. A Russian general words such as, for example, ‘kazna’ (state treasury), ‘kaznachei’ (accountant), ‘tamozhnya’ (customs) – from ‘tamga’ (mark or stamp) – are remnants of the state system of the empire called the Golden Horde.
If for political purposes people were trying to rewrite the history, the language still gives the historical truth, the author writes. “We shall see whether the altyn will return to the former Soviet space. Or should we say the post-Golden Horde space?” asks ironically the author of Radio Free Europe.