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Legendary Soviet retailers return to Russia

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Duty-free shops for individuals with particular papers to open in Moscow and St. Petersburg

The Russian authorities has determined to open two specialty shops in Moscow and St. Petersburg, promoting alcohol, tobacco, sweet, cosmetics, jewellery, smartphones and watches. The duty-free institutions will take each rubles and foreign currency echange. The twist is that solely individuals with particular paperwork will have the ability to store there, similar to on the “Beryozka” retailers in Soviet instances.

Though the federal government printed the choice on July 27, Russian media shops took discover on Wednesday. It goes into impact on August 27, however it’s unclear whether or not the shops will open by then, or at a later date. The actual location of the 2 shops continues to be to be decided as properly.

“Back in Soviet times, my friends worked abroad, and there were shops for diplomats that had certain discounts. These outlets allow diplomats to freely buy goods that they cannot import or buy in the host country,” Russian Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov instructed the Parliamentary Gazette. 

Foreign diplomats, relations, and workers of worldwide organizations will have the ability to store there, as long as they’ve particular accreditations from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Prices can be listed in rubles, euros and {dollars}. The Russian customs service can be accountable for the shops, which can solely promote the merchandise usually topic to the duty-free regime. 

It didn’t take lengthy for the initiative to be in comparison with the legendary “Beryozkas,” a series of shops that first appeared in 1961. However, they catered not simply to diplomats, but additionally to the navy and sure Soviet employees working overseas, who had been allowed to make use of their international foreign money on the state-operated retailers. “Beryozka” additionally bought meals and garments, which the brand new shops won’t do. Also not like the brand new shops, “Beryozkas” didn’t settle for rubles. 

The first shops had been opened on the Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports in Moscow, and the inns “Ukraine” and “Leningrad” – two of Moscow’s “seven sisters” high-rises. The chain later branched out to the capitals of all Soviet republics, bigger regional facilities, and fashionable vacationer resort cities resembling Sochi, Sevastopol, and Yalta. After the united states dissolved, the chain was privatized and went bankrupt within the mid-1990s, because it was not worthwhile.

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