In the Soviet times there was a great shortage of all consumer products. Clothes or food were no exception. In order to buy some bread people were ready to spend hours and hours queuing up.
1983. A long queue into the footwear store. The length of the line implies that people would expect to buy imported footwear which was of better quality and fashioncompared with the Soviet stuff.
(Year unknown). Long queue in front of the store with a simple signboard “Bread”. It actually meant that there was nothing else sold in there apart from the bread.
(Year unknown). People force their way into a liquor store (Rus: “Vino”). Probably it is happening right after the lunch break so the alcohol could be consumed after work.
Source: germanych.livejournal.com (in Russian)