An excerpt from

Russia Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Marika Pruska-Carroll

In Russia today nothing is what it seems to be. One enters a bakery and finds whisky, perfume, and condoms instead of bread. One goes to a meat market and finds fish. It is impossible to buy cheese or honey in regular grocery stores, but you can purchase any brand of American cigarettes. There are no matches to be found in Moscow but on every corner one can buy Bic lighters. You can find a head of half-rotten cabbage selling for about five cents next to kiwi fruit costing a dollar each. With his monthly pension a pensioner could buy forty kiwis.