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Jan. 12, 2004
Examples of Russian prices
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|A bottle of reasonably good vodka||$2-4||Apartment rental, bachelor, in Moscow||$50/day, $250-900 / month||Photocopy||10-15 cents|
|A bottle of real good vodka||$10-15||A bottle of the best domestic beer||$1.60||Apartment in Moscow to buy||$30-80 thousand|
|A bottle of good domestic beer||70 cents||Apartment rental, in a small town||$50 / month||Cabbage||10-15 cents/lb.|
|A loaf of bread||20 cents to $1.50||A subway ride||15 cents||Gasoline||35 cents/litre|
|Contract murder*||From two bottles of vodka to $3000+||A bus or train ride to Tver, 100 miles NW of Moscow||$2||Internet access||$0.40 to $2/hr|
|A good horse of no particular breed||$400-600||Computers||20% cheaper than in the West||Sweet peppers||60 cents/kg
|Taxi||10-30 cents / km||Books||$4-12 for a good hard-cover book||Hot peppers||$1.50 / kg
15-60 cents/each (winter)
|Traffic fines||$3-5 / offence||A new Lada car||$3000-6000||A used car showing some signs of life||$1000-1500|
|Horse riding lessons||$10/hour||University tuition||$600-3000/year||Yucky public washroom access||15 cents|
|Hookers||$5-200/session||Cell phone time||18-25 cents/min.||Hotel, Western standard||$80-300/night|
|Documents proving that you are not fit for military service||$2000||Telephone line installation||$400-1000||Hotel, good Russian style, outside of Moscow||$10-20/night|
|Rutabaga||20 cents / lb.||Sauerkraut||
|Russian citizenship or permanent residence permit||est. $700 + a year of work, went through this myself in liberal early 90's|
|Private tuition rate||$6-30/hr, average Moscow $10/hr||Lumber||$70-100 / m3||Bricks||15 cents a piece|
|Horse upkeep||$400-500/month in Moscow, including daily exercise||Heroin||$100/g, supposed to be sold in Moscow's night clubs (said to be $1/g in Tajikistan)||Train ride Moscow to Irkutsk (Lake Baikal), 4 thousand kilometers||$60-90 each way|
|Room rental in Moscow, for a good room||$20-50/day for one or two persons, or $100-160/month||Room rental from an alcoholic babushka in Moscow||$15/day per person||Homemade pickles||$2.50/kg ($1.20/lb)|
|Solid lunch at a cafeteria||$5-7||Premium domestic beer||$1+/bottle||Toilet paper||25 cents/roll|
|Public washroom access||25 cents|
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