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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

T-shirt tips

Q: I want to have some T-shirts made up with a special message the Kremlin churches in the background. Can I get them printed in Moscow?


A: Hunting for T-shirts on the Arbat or at Izmailovo can be tedious. If you want something different, like Yeltsin posing as the Statue of Liberty or the St. Petersburg Hard Rock Cafe, contact Piotr Ivanovitch at Sovaminco.


The place is difficult to find, so take note: head down Dmitrovskoye Shosse, turn left before the towering blue Molodyozhnaya Hotel, then turn right just behind the hotel and left again. Once inside you'll find a modern, efficient office. Ivanovitch himself is quite an artist and will design almost anything you wish. The walls are covered with his motifs of the intricate towers of St. Basil and Pepsi Cola slogans.


The problem, however, is obtaining the actual T-shirt ("maika" in Russian). Ivanovitch's selection of colors, sizes and models vary depending on his shipments from Vietnam, Peru or Vologda. The price, on the other hand, is worth the trouble -- about $3 for a minimum of 50 shirts.


Unfortunately you cannot buy them individually, but there is another option, a kiosk on the 2nd floor of the nearby Molodyozhnaya Hotel. They have a large selection of patterns including troikas and, of course, the ever present Yeltsin. Prices are in hard currency: T-shirts, $12, and sweatshirts, $20. The address: Sovaminco, 2a Krasnostudenchesky Proyezd; Entrance 2, 4th Floor; Tel: 979-4704.


Diane Adriaenssen can help when you need practical advice about living in Moscow. Send queries to How to Where to; The Moscow Tunes, Room 4031, Radisson SJavjanskaya Hotel, 2 Berezhkovskaya Nab. , Moscow. FAX 941-8945.