Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

1990s was a special time in history of Russia – first years of absolute freedom after 70 years of a communist party reign. People were left to themselves – go out and survive somehow – so from one hand a tremendous luxury appeared for some and tremendous poverty for others. The rest were somewhere in the middle, and this are some photos from St.Petersburg at that time:

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

A big splash in amount of homeless children happened sadly

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Old Soviet things were now intervened with new capitalistic items

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Police often didn’t know how to react – is it legal already or not legal yet?

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Many youth cultures emerged that were banned in USSR

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Cars were still mostly Soviet but a lot of new foreign cars started being imported

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Coca cola, freedom

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Lot of private shops opened – “Vodka Beer Progress”

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Exotic animals appeared as attractions – everyone wanted to get his piece of a new capitalistic pie

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Pizza Hut, Marlboro and Soviet flags

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

New foreign cars, old trams

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

People were still able to express their political will too for the first and pretty short time

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Soldiers were still wearing old Soviet uniforms

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Street musicians appeared

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

And many ads across all the city

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Everyone tried selling something

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

“Fair of vacancies”

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Pizzeria. BAR. Business center, CAFE, medical center – before it was all banned.

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

“Don’t take! It’s a private property! It’s protected!” – before the notion of private property was unknown.

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Marlboro cigarettes, and a new daily newspaper ad

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

And markets free markets everywhere

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

People for the first time in many years were allowed to buy foreign currency – and these were the lines for the exchange of the currency

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Pepsi, coke, all together on the Nevsky Avenue – main street of the city

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Vodka for sale

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

Before there was really scarcity in foods – now the food is plenty but the price are very high

Photos of St.Petersburg in 1990s

But people survived all these times and now Russia and St.Petersburg doesn’t even close remind the city on the pictures – more like a normal capital city of other country with long established businesses, new properties etc.

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