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The Russian Shop is a clothes shop selling Eastern European attire featured in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Overview

It is located on Mohawk Avenue in Hove Beach, Broker, just down the road from the first safehouse. While referred by game as the "Russian Shop", the store's sign, written in Cyrillic, reads "НОВИНКИ ПОСЛЕДНЕЙ МОДЫ" (NOVINKI POSLEDNYEĬ MODY, Latest Fashion Novelties).

The Russian shop was originally intended to be a Binco outlet, but this was changed for the storyline in order to fit in with Niko and Roman being Eastern European immigrants and living in an Eastern European neighborhood.

It is one of only three clothing chains where the player can purchase clothes, the other two being Modo and Perseus.

Description

The Russian shop is the first clothing shop opened and is accessible from the start of the game. However, the clothing blip on the radar only appears after visiting the shop. The store features cheap street clothes and is the only shop in Liberty City that sells glasses and hats. It is the cheapest of the three clothing stores, with prices ranging from $8 to $36. Most of the clothing sold there has in fact been imported from Eastern Europe as portions of Niko's original outfit can be repurchased here. According to the cashier, some of the clothing has been imported from Bulgaria.

The Russian Shop is relatively small. Many words around the store are in Russian due to the heavy Russian population and influence in the area. The words "продажа" ("sale" in Russian) appear on the storefront. There is one cashier, who appears to be under the impression that Niko is married. Niko cannot steal money from the cash register, as pressing the action button will cause Niko to pick up a soda can/projectile from the desk beside the cash register.

Killing the cashier will rarely induce a wanted level, however the thugs and gang members "hanging out" outside the store will quickly draw a firearm and shoot at Niko as he leaves the premises.

Like other clothing stores in GTA IV, the Russian Shop cannot be entered in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. The store is also present in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, but is also inaccessible.

Clothing

For a comprehensive list of clothing available from the Russian Shop in GTA IV, see /Clothing in GTA IV.

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Trivia

  • Michelle and Kiki Jenkins prefer Niko to wear clothing from the Russian Shop.
  • In The Lost and Damned beta, the Russian Shop would have been accessible and Johnny would have been able to buy clothes from the store. This is proven by leftover hats and glasses in the game that can be put on the player, and this could also explain why there is an icon appearing on a map after the player walked into the locked doors. It is possible that purchasing clothing in TLAD was scrapped because the clothes available to purchase wouldn't fit with the biker theme of the game.
  • In the beta, there would be another pair of glasses. They would have a white frame and orange shades.
  • The Russian Shop is a very good place to start a massacre and achieve the "One Man Army" achievement early in the game. To do this, the player has to kill lots of people (outside and inside the Russian Shop). Once the player has reached 6 stars, hide inside the changing cubicles at the back of the Russian Shop. If cops come inside the store, just come out of the cubicles and kill them. You should have a new achievement. Also, provided that the mission "The Master and the Molotov" has not been completed, shortly after the player earns the achievement, the player can simply drive to the Broker Safehouse a short distance away and save their game, restoring their health and eliminating the wanted level.
    • The same method above can be used to earn lots of money, weapons and ammunition if the player wishes or needs to, except that once the player runs out of people to murder, or their health runs low, they must immediately flee and lose the wanted level or they risk getting Wasted or Busted (and lose the money that they worked hard to earn, and, in the case of being busted, weapons, armor and ammunition).
  • The Radio Station that plays inside the store is Vladivostok FM.

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