To say that Russia was going under economic hardship during 90’s, is a gross understatement.
Outside of the criminal world, currency really held little relevance to the average citizen because the Soviet Union tended to provide basic needs. Unfortunately, everything changed after perestroika. In rural municipalities like Moskovsky, where inefficient food processing plants were shutting down because the government could no longer afford to operate them, there was barely enough of anything to go around. With the exception of self-sufficient communes such as the fictional Nicotash, life became unbearable for Russians living in rural areas, especially for those living in community apartments complexes. Families that didn’t move to Moscow or more urban areas, often faced a lack of work and resources that often brought hunger and squalid living conditions.
However, Russians have always been a proud and tough people, willing to make the best out of very difficult situations.
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