Photographer Roger George Clark captured the final years of the USSR capital, and as an outsider, it was a rare opportunity to see the Communist future of the word that never came.
By the late '80s, the tension between East and West has been loosening, and Russia was no longer austere with the Iron Curtain. .As such, Clark toured the city to catch a glimpse of the other side.
True to its enforced ideology of communism, there was astounding lack of goods in shops, and the most luxurious and finest were found in a magnificent, 19th-century building to showcase them. Otherwise, according to Clark, everything else would be found in shabby street market. He also got to see a fair that equaled to the 1951 Festival of Britain, but it was more provincial, yet still impressive. Again, for emphasis the Communist future that wasn't meant to be.
Images are from Flashbak.