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 image: Highsnobiety

image: Highsnobiety

For the second installment of Counterfeit Culture, Highsnobiety’s first-ever documentary series, the menswear site’s editors headed to Moscow to uncover what is “driving Russia’s thriving market for fake streetwear.” The country’s “counterfeit industry stretches back decades, to when Communism isolated the country from Western products,” states Highsnobiety’s Alec Leach. “Now, almost 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s borders are open, but a fragile economy, international sanctions and low wages has kept the country’s demand for fakes alive and well.”