Two young women at Utopia, a Moscow nightclub. When asked if they supported the Yeltsin government's policies, they replied: 'Of course, our lives can't get any better than this.'

From the series 'Russian Portraits', photos and interviews with ordinary Russians as their country stood at an ideological crossroads during presidential elections in 1996. The two main candidates were Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia, who was pursuing free market reforms after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communist Party leader Gennadiy Zyuganov, who wanted to turn the clock back to more state control. Yeltsin went on to win with the backing of newly privatised media owned by Russia's rising class of businessmen and oligarchs.

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Robert Wallis/Panos Pictures
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