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Russia’s Haves and Have-Nots

SORE POINT: Viktor Zhivin in his family home near Sheremetyevo 1 airport. “How can the big shots look us in the eye?” he asked. “How can they not be ashamed to drive past my house?” (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
A typical rural well still in use along Leningrad Highway on the outskirts of Moscow. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
The final part of the Leningrad Highway, Tverskaya Street, ends at the walls of the Kremlin. Young people resting on the grass lawn of Manezhnaya Square have a view of the Kremlin towers, right, and the History Museum spires, left. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
FEAST FOR THE EYES: The Yeliseyevsky supermarket on Tverskaya Street. “The closer to the Kremlin, the more the city looks like the capital of the filthy rich,” a newspaper commentator said. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
Beggars are a frequent sight along Tverskaya Street. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
A Hummer is parked near the State Duma building off Tverskaya Street. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)
THE END OF THE LINE: The Leningrad Highway, renamed Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, winds toward the State Historical Museum of Russia, center, and the Kremlin. (Sergei L. Loiko / LAT)