Documents, photos, artefacts are displayed as a movie storyline of both Boris Yeltsin’s life and history of the entire country.
The important part of display is household items of the Soviet times and the nineties. Lacking them makes it impossible to recreate the ambience of the ordinary flat or provincial shop. It was not easy to find these items in good condition.
The auction lot coming from the grown-up sweetie papers collector from Siberia included, among other things, sea cabbage, bubble gum, and carefully preserved wrappings and labels of the first ever imported sweets and chocolates.
This album shows how the consumption pattern changed with time, how new foreign brands penetrated Russian market, and how competition evolved overall.
Baby elephant Dendy, a mascot of the console, was drawn by Ivan Maksimov, Russian cartoonist.
The majority of games for Dendy console were pirated. Game cartridges were sold almost everywhere. They were easy to spot with their feverishly yellow color of the plastic casing.
In order to send a message to someone’s pager you had to dial an operator, inform him or her of the receiver’s number or name and then voice out a message. The message could be up to several hundred symbols long.
The indispensable attributes of any “New Russian” were raspberry-coloured suit jackets, cell phone, and a thick golden finger-ring. Next to them is Motorola StarTac cell phone.
Boris Yeltsin, President of RSFSR, (in the centre) makes a speech at the meeting next to F. Dzerhinsky monument. August 23, 1991
August 18, 1991. One day before the August Coup.
Video: August 20, 1991
This video is an elections promo of the time. Politicians, actors, passers-by and children all repeat “Yes. Yes. No. Yes”. Towards the end of the video the off-screen announcer pronounces: “We are building a new Russia!”
Election propaganda: badges with slogan “Yeltsin Is Our President” featuring the portrait of competitor party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Video: Yeltsin pre-election promo 1996.
Postcards with pre-election slogan of Yeltsin office “Vote or Lose”
Leaflets and badge “Yeltsin Is Our President”
Box of matches “Yeltsin Is Our President”. Donated by Alexander Oslon, founder of the Public Opinion Foundation.
The Russian edition of Playboy magazine was launched in 1995. Among photos of naked women it often featured articles on fashion, sports, and stories by well-known writers.
From Hand to Hand is a popular personal ads newspaper. Its first issue was published in January 1992. For many years it was possible to post a free ad on a coupon that was distributed together with the newspaper.
Video: TV advertisement of MMM pyramid investment scheme, in which thousands of Russians lost their money