Communal Life in Soviet Russia

* In Russia, today, still 18 million people live in communal apartments. *
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A room in a communal apartment. Cramped space is one of the main pains for people living in communal housing.

A room in a communal apartment. Cramped space is one of the main pains for people living in communal housing.

Moscow Communal Apartment a.k.a. "Kommunalka" Soviet Russia - Moscow, 1983 communal apartment was shared between 2 to 7 families. Each one had its own room, which often served as a living room, dining room, and bedroom for the entire family. The hallways, "communal kitchen", bathroom and telephone (if any) were shared among all the residents. The communa was the predominant districts of large Russian cities.”

Moscow Communal Apartment a.k.a. "Kommunalka" Soviet Russia - Moscow, 1983 communal apartment was shared between 2 to 7 families. Each one had its own room, which often served as a living room, dining room, and bedroom for the entire family. The hallways, "communal kitchen", bathroom and telephone (if any) were shared among all the residents. The communa was the predominant districts of large Russian cities.”

Typical Kommunalka apartment building in the city center, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kommunalka Living in St. Petersburg

Typical Kommunalka apartment building in the city center, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Entrance of a communal apartment - Alexander Slyusarev, Summer 2007

Entrance of a communal apartment - Alexander Slyusarev, Summer 2007

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A view from a Kommunalka. A mirror on the inside door and a coat rack in Asya's room (see clip "At Auntie Asya's," Tour 1). Over the head of the bed is a small icon. Medicinal herbs steep in a thermos. The double door protects against hallway noise. 2006.

A view from a Kommunalka. A mirror on the inside door and a coat rack in Asya's room (see clip "At Auntie Asya's," Tour 1). Over the head of the bed is a small icon. Medicinal herbs steep in a thermos. The double door protects against hallway noise. 2006.

Typical kitchen in a Kommunalka.

Kommunalka - communal apartment in Soviet Russia

Typical kitchen in a Kommunalka.

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