RUSSIA: Appalling Apollos

Crowds enviously studied the windows of Moscow's new Mosodezhda men's wear store last week, eying the fancy suits, coats, smokingi and fraki (tails). But inside, clerks told disappointed shoppers that these were "future" models. All they had for sale was the familiar old line of $80 and $120 suits, featuring outmoded double-breasted jackets and bell-bottomed trousers. "A drab selection," scribbled one customer in the shop's complaint book. "No quality suits. I am shocked, filled with indignation." "Outrageous," wrote another. "Patterns bad, workmanship careless."

Sensing that the New Soviet Man might be getting a bit impatient with the shabby, shoddy clothes...

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