The rynok is a sort of farmer’s or flea market. The rynok began as an economic safety valve under the Soviets, allowing for some private production and sales. During the 1990s, they became the beginnings of the capitalist system in many of the new countries that formed from the collapsed USSR. Then and through the 2000s, they were lively, bustling places often selling everything from cheese to socks and electronics. In recent years, however, with the stabilization of the economy, larger chains have gained dominance. Government policy has also worked against the rynok, which, while often cheap, was also often associated with crime, tax evasion, and health issues. Today, where rynki (the plural of rynok) survive, they often do so in poorer areas or as hipster locations, dealing in upscale food, art, and/or antiques.

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Moscow brims with shopping outlets. From the discount to the luxury, from giant shopping malls to tiny kiosks, from antiques to the latest fashions, this guide hopes to introduce you to some of the best opportunities that students on SRAS programs in Moscow have found! Introduction and General Directory Shopping Malls: Moscow’s largest chain of […]

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