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Modern luxury meets Soviet retro chic as GUM turns 120

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In Soviet days, people queued to buy Romanian boots or East German bras, but Moscow's vast GUM shopping arcade, which turns 120 this year, is now a luxury emporium that plays on Soviet nostalgia. 

Picture taken in 2011 shows the GUM shopping mall (R) on Red Square in Moscow. In Soviet days, people queued to buy Romanian boots or East German bras, but Moscow's vast GUM shopping arcade, which turns 120 this year, is now a luxury emporium that plays on Soviet nostalgia.

The official 120th birthday celebrations will take place in several months at the Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin (GUM), or State Universal Store, whose three cream-walled arcades topped with a 16,000-square metre (172,220-square feet) glass roof opened opposite the Kremlin in the Tsarist era on December 2, 1893.

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