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Prostitution in Russia is illegal, but is not a serious crime. The maximum punishment is a fine up to 2000 rub; however, organizing prostitution is punishable by a prison term. Prostitution in Russia became common after Peter The Great’s military reforms that created a sizable class of unmarried men who were serving in military. These soldiers started generating a demand for prostitution. Monarchs who followed Peter I, had different approaches to prostitution, ranging from complete abolition to decriminalization. By the late 19th century, prostitution was legal in the Russian Empire. Numerous brothels existed in most cities, ranging greatly in class and prices. Customer included diverse groups ranging from aristocracy to working class. Legally, only women were allowed to own brothels. However, illegal street prostitution was still dominated by male pimps. The term kot was used for a male pimp, while female pimp was referred to as bandersha. Prostitution has been illegal in Russia since the establishment of the Soviet Union. However, during the post-Soviet years this industry experienced significant growth. Tochka is a popular euphemism for an outdoor market for prostitutes in Moscow and other large Russian cities, a word literally meaning ‘point’ or ‘location’ in Russian. The word “tochka” may also be used in many other contexts. Its usage is originated from the notion “a point on the map”. Initially it was used in military and geologist slang to denote, e.g., a military or geologist base or other specific location. Over time its usages was expanded. For example, in alcoholics’ parlance, a “tochka” is a place where vodka is sold. You can read more from: http://www.wikisexguide.com/wiki/Russia