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Playing cards were known in Muscovy as early as the last quarter of the sixteenth century.

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Anti-Fascist cards, 1943 1943

Anti-Fascist cards, 1943

Satirical Anti-Fascist cards designed in 1943 by Ivan Ivanovich Kharkevich.

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1942 1942

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1942

In 1942 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.

Anti-Religions 1934


Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.

Back to the USSR 1995

Back to the USSR

Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995

Branle playing cards 2015

Branle playing cards

‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.

C-Arts 2003


Collective Arts pack designed by sixty-three collaborating artists, illustrators and designers, Russia, 2003.

Castle Rock Club 2000

Castle Rock Club

Castle Rock Club playing cards featuring Russian rock stars and musicians, c. 2000.

CCCP playing cards 2000

CCCP playing cards

Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.

Centaurus 2005


Centaurus: karty igral’nye suvenirnye, Russia, 2005.

Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards 1996

Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards

“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996

Cossack 1994


“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, 1994.

Dead Souls 2006

Dead Souls

Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii.

Detskie 2001


‘Detskie’ children’s cards produced in Russia, 2001.

Dolls Gallery 2003

Dolls Gallery

Dolls Gallery / Galereia kukol : karty igral’nye / published by Varvara Skripkina, 2003.

East Slavonic Mythology 1994

East Slavonic Mythology

East Slavonic Mythology designed by Aleksey Orleansky (1994) featuring creatures from the watery underworld.

Eastern 2015


“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015.

Epokha vozrozhdeniya (Age of Enlightenment)

Epokha vozrozhdeniya (Age of Enlightenment)

Epokha vozrozhdeniya (Age of Enlightenment): this pack has effectively become the Russian standard.

Fabergé playing cards 2005

Fabergé playing cards

Kollektsiya Faberzhe karty igral’nye (Fabergé playing cards), Russia, 2005.



The State Automobile Inspection of Russian Federal Road Safety Service.

Glorious Russia 1995

Glorious Russia

‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995