one reason given is that now little shops have to - hide- in basements or convert first (ground) floor apartments into shops. Though I do remember that it was our good mayor Lushkov or maybe it was President Yeltsin who said that special for older or not so mobile people a shop should be in every big apartement block where one could buy the basics. 24 hours.
50 000 units the article says. is this just for a manufacturer of these -autokiosks- and Kiosks who is a friend of a friend of a friend who wants to get some extra business?