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Historical photo: Mafia hanging out near the “Intourist” hotel, 1993, Moscow

Moscow.street scene in front of the Intourist Hotel,a place to accost tourists.
Moscow.street scene in front of the Intourist Hotel, a place to accost tourists.

This photo captures the 1990s in Russia.

If you look closely at the person on the right, you will notice that he’s wearing a burgundy suit jacket. Bordeaux and crimson suit jackets were very popular among the so-called “new Russians” (mobsters). These outfits were the main signs of their subculture. Also, mobsters loved wearing massive gold chains and huge rings. “Soldiers” preferred Adidas track suits.

While the 90ties passed, today you would rarely see a person in such outfits.

Long read: rbth.com via d3.ru
Also: “Why is Adidas so Popular Among Russians?”

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