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:
A big splash in amount of homeless children happened sadly
Old Soviet things were now intervened with new capitalistic items
Police often didn’t know how to react – is it legal already or not legal yet?
Many youth cultures emerged that were banned in USSR
Cars were still mostly Soviet but a lot of new foreign cars started being imported
Coca cola, freedom
Lot of private shops opened – “Vodka Beer Progress”
Exotic animals appeared as attractions – everyone wanted to get his piece of a new capitalistic pie
Pizza Hut, Marlboro and Soviet flags
New foreign cars, old trams
People were still able to express their political will too for the first and pretty short time
Soldiers were still wearing old Soviet uniforms
Street musicians appeared
And many ads across all the city
Everyone tried selling something
“Fair of vacancies”
Pizzeria. BAR. Business center, CAFE, medical center – before it was all banned.
“Don’t take! It’s a private property! It’s protected!” – before the notion of private property was unknown.
Marlboro cigarettes, and a new daily newspaper ad
And markets free markets everywhere
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
Pepsi, coke, all together on the Nevsky Avenue – main street of the city
Vodka for sale
Before there was really scarcity in foods – now the food is plenty but the price are very high
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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