This Tarot deck is done in what the booklet calls "an original old Russian style." The style is similar to that of the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, but the art is not as finely detailed. The art is excellent, however, with bright colors on a dark background. The Major Arcana scenes are on a black background, Wands on a brown background, Cups on a dark olive green background, Swords on a very dark purple background, and Coins on a very dark brown background. Many of the Major Arcana have been renamed, specifically:
II The Science
IV Man of Knowledge
XIV Sun Genius
XXI The Fool
Justice is VIII and Strength (which is misspelled "Strenght" on the card) is XI. Each card has a gold metallic border with the name of the card in the bottom border in English and in what appears to be Danish and in French. The Major Arcana have the card number in a gold metallic medallion on the top of each card. The court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Page. The Minors are illustrated, and the influence of the Waite-Smith is easily seen, though the scenes have been rendered in the Russian style. I can only assume that this style of art requires sad facial expressions. Even the dancing girls in the Three of Cups have a look of consternation. There is also some use of color to provide continuity within each suit, primarily in the clothing. The card stock used in this deck is heavier than most and it does not shuffle easily.
Review by Michele Jackson - Images copyright Piatnik 1992