Moscow, Russia, December 1996-January 1997..After years of neglect Sandunovskaya Banya, Russia's most famous public bath-house, has been restored to its former spendour. Located close to the Kremlin, the 100 year old baths used to be popular with Communist Party cadres. Today they are a favourite meeting place for Moscow's nouveau riche..After visiting the steam room, a client is scrubbed by a staff member, known as a "banchik"..
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