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Soviet History: Fartsovshchiki

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Economics & Business, History, Media & Journalism

Window on Eurasia writes [1] about a review of a new book on Soviet fartsovshchiki: “In the 1970s and 1980s, ‘fartsovka’ grew so large that Vasil’yev suggests there were six different groups involved in acquiring goods — hotel workers, sailors on Soviet cargo ships, long-distance truckers, participants in Interclubs, guides, and those who continued to deal “outside hotels” as well as those who sold these goods to others. Vasil’yev describes each of these in great detail, and his online reviewer helpfully summarizes Vasil’yev’s findings on each of them.”