The first time that I went to Ulan Ude we all wanted to buy Stoli vodka. Turns out that the only place to buy it was the state run store shown at the top. You handed your money thought a slot in the metal clad door and they would hand the vodka back out. They were half liter bottles with crooked labels and a foil cap which you pealed off. If they sat on their sides they leaked. Next door to the liqueur store was the prison shown in the bottom picture. The walls were much like an old stockade from the old West days.