Belarusian programmer has created a website that allows citizens to circumvent the strict formal rules of exchange, according to the blog site The Wall Street Journal journalist Alexander coriander.
In exchange offices in the currency of Belarus is over, are the rumors of devaluation Belarusian ruble. In this critical situation on the site "black market" registered thousands of people. "The Central Bank of Belarus for several weeks tightens the rules of foreign exchange in an attempt to prevent the disappearance of the foreign exchange reserves of the country," — says the author.
Three weeks ago, a young programmer who wants to be known simply as "Peter", created a website prokopovi.ch. The name plays on the name of the chairman of the Central Bank of Belarus Piotr Prokopovich. "This site offers what no central bank can offer, — conversion Belarusian ruble"- The author writes.
A visitor who wants to sell or buy U.S. dollars, browse ads of other visitors, finds a man who wants to buy or sell the same amount, and agrees to meet in person. "And if people want to deal official, you can go to one of the exchangers which are now idle "- the article says.
"In order to exchange the items do not accumulate dollars and euros, the government ordered them to immediately sell the currency at the official rate, they buy from people. However, those who want to sell dollars at the official rate is very low. Solution Found: The buyer shall reimburse seller in cash the difference between the the official and unofficial exchange rate "- the article says. The service is available not only to individuals but also to businesses.
Belarusian citizens are accustomed to struggle with the difficulties posed by the authoritarian rule of Lukashenko them, the author notes. After tightening the rules of exchange Belarusians began sending their own money in the mail to Russia, and then picked up transfers in Russian rubles. "Because of the Belarusian-mail banned Post" — says the author. As for Petit programmer, he promises to exchange other scarce goods — gasoline, tokens for public transportation and buckwheat. "This is a joke. Yet joke," — says the author.