Check out that Ka:
There is nothing special to it… This is a more or less standard form of the Cyrillic Ka in the Italian slab-serifs:
It’s hard to see, but the arm serifs in the poster appear to be much more florid—round, and curling deeper than slab serifs.
And I don't think top and bottom are symmetrical, either - though, yes, it is hard to see.
But who said the top and the bottom of an Italian Ka and Zhe must be symmetrical every time?
That's one bear of a Ka!
Bear. Russia. Circus. I get it...
Denis Masharov’s Bolster:
My own take on Cyrillic Italiennes, c. 1972:
That's gorgeous work, Maxim, And I dont even really know what I'm looking at.
The alphabet. I made an attempt to learn it long ago, as Soviet ships did come quite often to Iceland.
Of course this is not the entire Russian alphabet… Just some letters I drew to match the style of a magazine nameplate I designed earlier: