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.
If you are tired of wet boots you can actually make a boot dryer yourself. You probably know that leather shoes and boots should not dry at the heating devices. They should dry at room temperature. So we are not going to heat, we are going to ventilate. What
can be boots ventilated by from inside? With low-power fans. CPU cooler ones are perfect for that! If you don't have any, they are quite cheap. By the way, some are even illuminated. Those we are going to use have power of 12 volts.