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Perestroika Street Photographs

The six years of perestroika - from 1985 until the end of 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved - were a time of wildly syncopated change in the country, when the new, old, strange, traditional, unconventional, modern and ancient existed all at once. Here are some images of those years in Moscow. 

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