This article explores how affluent expatriates in urban Russia
adapt to different money practices that involve numbers and quantities.
The discussion centers on three analytic categories: difficult sums
(5,000); denomination and usage problems (Five Thousand); and ruleof-
thumb calculations (five thousands). Each category illustrates different
entanglements of money quantities, qualities, and material forms.
For example, quantities—exchange rates, denominations, prices—are
called upon to justify moral judgments about the Russian people and
their culture, as well as the country’s economy. Thus, relations involving
money quantities provide ways for wealthy migrants to participate
in Russian society, yet they also reinforce migrants’ separation from
Russian society. This analysis also suggests that money’s multiplicities
exist on a more basic, fundamental level, requiring conversion and
mental reckoning across multiple currencies.