June 1992, Krasnoyarsk region, Sharypovo, 40 000 inhabitants. Forming enterprise – Berezovskaya GRES-1. Shops, consumer services, sports infrastructure, canteens – all the balance of plant.
In the Russian economy – the gap of economic ties, inflation, and other delights of the transitional period, but the electricity needed to all, including those enterprises who have no cash to buy it, and without electricity even a tiny bakery bread will not bake. And if GRES does not receive money for their electricity than to pay wages to their employees, and their 4, 000 people whose jobs and feed their families – multiply by 3-4?!
In this difficult situation, the Director GRES-1 O. E. Shaposhnikov, on the advice of the chief accountant GRES-1 V. Chechenskoi decided to use the magic word 'offset' or 'barter', and agreed – not always, but in some cases, to accept payment in electricity products, everyday consumption of plant workers and their families. And in order to have something to show when you pay at a local cafeteria or the store decided to business executives on a regional scale that is the prerogative of the government to deal with the issue of paper money.