Costs and salaries of the Russian capital a century ago

St. Petersburg had its fair share of “dens of iniquity,” known to many from Russian literature. Here, gentlemen drank, gambled away their savings, and drank some more. A bottle of cheap vodka back then was 40 kopecks, beer 20 kopecks per bottle, and expensive wine 9 rubles per 0.75 liter bottle.

St. Petersburg had its fair share of “dens of iniquity,” known to many from Russian literature. Here, gentlemen drank, gambled away their savings, and drank some more. A bottle of cheap vodka back then was 40 kopecks, beer 20 kopecks per bottle, and expensive wine 9 rubles per 0.75 liter bottle.

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Fin-de-siècle St. Petersburg was the largest city in Russia — not only in terms of population, but also status as the economic and cultural center of the country.
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