Ask neighbourhood drunks to buy it for you. Every neighbourhood has such a store, and drinkers tend to be a friendly type ready to help each other. Easy!
How to identify such a store? It will have to be a small owner-run establishment. Shabby if now somewhat dirty. A good sign is a cat on the counter because there is a rule against cats on the counter, MORE>>
moya-moskva.livejournal.com reports that sellers of registrations, diplomas, health certificates, licences of all sorts, and even Russian passports gather in huge numbers at the Komsomolskaya metro station. Mostly these are illegal migrants and other shady types.
Most definitely to be checked out!
TO AVOID ACCUSATION OF BEING ACCESSORY TO CRIME I DECLARE THAT I DISAPPROVE OF ANY ACTIVITY INTENDED TO CIRCUMVENT RUSSIAN BUREAUCRACY. I LOVE FILLING OUT PAPERS, MAKING 20 ATTEMPTS TILL A CALL GETS THROUGH ONLY TO BE TOLD OFF, OR VISITING CLOSE TO 100 DOCTORS TO GET 26 STAMPS AS I RECENTLY DID, AND OTHERWISE DEMONSTRATING SUBMISSION TO THE STATE. (Hope I sound sincere.)
Second Wind is still around and probably now qualifies as a cultural heritage site.
So I’m opening a separate page dedicated solely to this time warp.
It is behind Metro Novokuznetskaya. Open from 10am, when a lone alcoholic may wonder in for a hair of that dog. Full of rough looking men from 5-8pm. Closes at 9pm I think.
Second Wind is generally acknowledged by connoisseurs of anti-glamour as the dirtiest and stinkiest of Moscow’s low-life drinking establishments. Standing room only. Hole in the floor toilet. Smoking permitted and expected. A classic.
Here is a true-to-life set of photos of Second Wind >>
My favourite places to eat and drink are here >>
Below is list from my 2010 page www.cheap-moscow.com/free_accommodation.htm. You may also want to check out real ancient (from late 90s) unclepasha.com/backpacker_moscow.htm. Yes, it is catching up in Russia but you need MORE>>