Finally have some time to document the three different types of winter VSR issued by the Russian armed forces, since Desmond didn't describe them accurately in his book.
1. The first type is simply a VSR-printed camouflage version of the M1982 "Afghanka" winter uniform (again incorrectly described by Desmond as derived from a "1981 airborne khaki uniform") and the Soviet marines TTsKO/butane winter camouflage uniform. It has all of the same features, including billowed sleeve pockets, internal holster, buttoned liner etc.
Issued at least since 1993 (but this gets fuzzy since VSR was seen as early as 1991) and distributed to all of the service branches. Replaced in 1995 by a simplified version.
Pistol holster pouch:
Method of attachment of the winter liner:
2. Alongside the above uniform, the VDV were issued their own specialized airborne version of the winter VSR, which inherits all of the features of the Soviet-era VDV TTsKO winter uniform, including the internal sleeve pockets and buttoned felt liner on the top end, and the different insulated trousers, featuring additional billowed pockets on the seat and a left thigh cargo pocket divided into two compartments for AK magazines.
This uniform was issued since 1993 and replaced by 1995 by the low-cost and lighter weight version described further down.
Magazine pouch on the left thigh:
And the trousers:
Photos of paratroopers from 1993:
3. Finally in 1995, a simplified version was issued to replace both types above. Complaints targeted at the utility of the lower billowed pockets on the jackets resulted in them being omitted, and replaced with shallow, open slash pockets. The internal sleeve pockets from the airborne were now retained for the all service version. This type was now issued to both land forces and the VDV, with the only distinction being the liner - the airborne versions continued to use a felt lining, attached with Velcro squares and buttons.
In this form, the uniform was issued until 1998, when it was replaced by Flora camouflage, which retained the same format.
This uniform show is the airborne variant, issued in 1998. You can see the mil-spec code ending in 95, indicating when this type was first specified.