Old Ukrainian Russian tribes used Roman denarius and Byzantine money. A lot of them were found on ancient Russia. A bit later in 9th century Arab Caliphate dirhams were used. First own coins were minted during Kievan Rus’ times and were similar to Byzantine coins. There was no coin minting during 12th-14th centuries due to wars. Kievan Rus’ was conquered and destroyed. Coinage resumed in 15th century by Dmitry Donskoy. A bit later every governor/price minted own money. It were small coins from wired silver and copper. Peter I has formed Russian Empire and did monetary reform which was used till Russian Empire crash in 1917.