Why does the penny exist exactly? It costs more than it's worth, most would pay with bills and not exact change anyway, and if I find a penny on the ground, I don't find it worth picking up. Why do we create something that will only be neglected?
One thing I don't like about Europe is the Euro. Why do those people like coins so much? Then again, it's a good way to keep the public from sneaking up on each other. If one tries, the jingling from those stupid coins will give him away.
I might go to Belarus in the future as a part of a world tour I hope to go on before I die. Who knows, maybe I'll stay there.
With your government's boarder policy, that might be a bit difficult. However, I did look up the exchange rate. 1p, the lowest denomination of the pound, can get me 270 rubles according to Google and your lowest denomination of currency is 1 ruble. How is your currency that worthless?