22 Time Of Free Trade

Time Of Free Trade

Posted on December 10, 2012 by team

 On the 29th of January, 1992 Boris Yeltsin accepted and signed the decree on free trade. Soon hundreds of thousands of traders appeared in the streets of the Russian cities. People habitually called them “speculators”. Of course, some of them still bought goods in ordinary shops and sold them at a more expensive price. The deficit allowed to do that and have profit. But the trade in general started to change and gain new features – valuable and ugly. Probably they had to go through it anyway but that way was too long and too hard.

The habit to sell any stuff at any place turned out to be difficult to eradicate.

Porno for five rubles only! That’s the life!


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22 Responses to “Time Of Free Trade”

  1. (r)evolutionist says:

    Two notes: First, women are the sellers (and customers) of the majority of these traders. Only where pornography and liquor are the items are men present (sad). Secondly, Yeltsin was a jackal (but then, the U.S. has also had jackals in high office).

  2. YJ says:

    Capitalism at it’s best. Without corporate lobbying that artificially setup laws to eliminate competition.

  3. I love it, if only for the beautiful people it portraits. I am of the opinion, as he comes across an honest man, that Boris Yeltsin had the best intentions in mind; it’s just that you country after going through very bad times, people in some sense did go overboard. To be handed freedom on a plate after centuries of hardship, must have been very difficult to cope with. As for men and pornography, they are the same the world over, some of which you least expect it fall for the rubbish. Good on you weaker sexes, to show you are strong in moral conduct.

    • roofius says:

      ha ha Boris Yeltsin = evil
      satanic puppy

    • Tiger says:

      Yelstin did not have many options when he took over, that is true. The economy was in ruins, the country effectively disintegrating and the nation was over-indebted. So he had to go for privatization. On the other hand he sold the whole nation out so cheaply that he will not be held in a very positive memory. The Chinese had a similar starting point after the cultural revolution, but they managed to combine free market with a strong state.

  4. skopeil says:

    sad to see all these,but at the same time i respect them trying hard for a living..I think Putin had change the situation a lot..should thanks to him.

  5. Mitch says:

    No censorship for the cover of IKS? Lovely ;)

  6. XyuH says:

    These “Tolchki” existed during communists as well except that sanitary norms were much higher

  7. ricsi says:

    Yes Yeltsin was a jackal,an alcoholic fool manipulated by the tribe,but Gorbachev paved the way with his naive trust in the ‘chicago boys’ and Reagan.Only Putin can regain Russian confidence and respect.

  8. todd says:

    I like the vodka photo but why have a fish in the window,

  9. Bijdehans says:

    That year I was in Moscow and I wanted to buy Matryoshka dolls of Russian presidents at Arbatskaya Ulitsa. The guys selling them asked $50 and since I hadn’t spend a lot of money yet I was willing to pay. Then the guys signalled I had to leave quickly and when I looked back they were “arrested” by plain clothes police it seemed. The next day I returned and the guys were back, telling me to sit down on their carpet behind the table so no one could see me. Then I put $50 under the carpet while they were wrapping the dolls. This time everything went well so I got my Matryoshka dolls after all but the experience of it all was great…

  10. Maria van Overbeek says:

    Very interesting pictures, but also very depressing.
    Freedom “on a silverplate”.

  11. CZenda says:

    I had to look twice – a glass of marmalade was 5000, bottle of vodka 2800???

  12. Apu Gupta says:

    still better than stealing / robbing etc

  13. Osip says:

    I especially like the young woman in the first photo, the one with the legs that go all the way up.

  14. LK says:

    The dude selling sausage on the muddy dirty filthy ground is the best LOL, I’d have to be starving like never before to buy anything from there

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