Supposedly there has been a huge crackdown on piracy in Russia within the last year. Yes, we have noticed that quite a few video kiosks were closed down... But new ones sprang up in their places almost instantly. To illustrate my point, look at these tables outside of a subway station that are covered with new releases (or not even yet released copies) of American and Russian films. The films cost 120 rubles, or a little under $5. (The prices are negotiable when you buy more).
And then note the officer (I think he's with the army) walking right by! He even stopped to check out the movies... I didn't dare take his picture, though. No one really pays attention to the piracy here; closures are just for show.
You can also get almost any music or computer software this way, too.
Here's a video of the underground passageway at metro Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, just across from the Kremlin and Manezh. You can't cross most major streets at street-level; you have go under the streets instead. In many crossings you can find kiosks like these, selling pretty much the same thing: pirated videos/music/software; hundreds of newspapers and magazines; ugly Chinese-made clothing; cheap make-up and hosiery/lingerie; baked bread pockets filled with meat (!!!!), cabbage, potatoes or mushrooms; snack food and soft drinks (beer, for some reason, is usually only sold at street level); tacky tchochki objects (who actually buys that stuff???); flowers... and sometimes office supplies; tickets to events around the city; fruits/vegetables; random household necessities such as cords, lightbulbs, etc; accessories for cell phones. In the very center of the city you'll also find touristy souvenirs.
This particular passageway has all of the above--and a kiosk selling religious necklaces, literature and mini icons, too. It looks SO out-of-place! Software and music cost about $2.40 and movies were about $4.75.