Shopping in Russia Just Got Really Weird

Russians are doing strange things in response to the country's largest single-day currency drop in 16 years

Visitors look at a Porsche Boxster luxury sports car for sale at a dealership in Moscow on Dec. 15

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The Russian ruble lost as much as 19 percent of its value on Tuesday, partly because of Western sanctions and plummeting oil prices, but also because of mass panic. Russians of all stripes—traders, car buyers, and furniture shoppers—are clamoring to get their money out of the country. The hysteria has turned a slow-burning problem into a nightmare, and has also led some unexpected things to happen, both in Russia and elsewhere. A few odd side effects of Russia's currency horrors:

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