28 Life in the Gutter

Life in the Gutter

Posted on June 10, 2010 by team


The story you’re going to learn now is not a commonplace one. This is the story of a one-day-long journey to the other world that is full of filth, grime and foulness. But in spite of all these dirty things, this world is our world too.

This is an insight on how bums of Novosibirsk live, spend their free time, entertain themselves and occasionally partying. Our humble guide for today is bum Oleg of “Bogdanovskie” gang. There he is. A sly and lively man with his head cracked.

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Commencement of the journey: a flophouse that works on a paying basis (2500 roubles / 75 dollars a month.)


That’s where crème de la crème of homeless people sleep over. Only some pensioners stay at the place, and, for sure, they have already long forgotten what it is like to be on the bum.

Then the travelers’ crew met a haughty and prideful needy named Serega. “I’m a loner and always decide for myself,” he said. Even when the guys offered him 300 roubles (10 bucks) to show them around the city’s streeters life he refused the money.


At the flophouse the team were told that there was a bums’ settlement in one of the city’s hoods. Now their path goes to a dump site near a local private sector (it is popularly dubbed Shanghai and is like Novosibirsk Harlem.)


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28 Responses to “Life in the Gutter”

  1. Sarkawi says:

    I am FIRST..!!

  2. Guilherme says:

    parece o Brasil kkkkkkkkkkkk

  3. Guilherme says:

    seems to Brazil kkkkkkkkkkkk

  4. DouglasUrantia says:

    Very reminiscent of the homeless in the United States.

  5. Orignal Kirov says:

    a shame… collapse of USSR is what led 2 this. Now Russian society is even worse than US one… :-/ I know many homeless, and it is sad situation.

  6. Cindy says:

    What happened to Oleg’s head?

  7. zipp says:

    Dead by 45. It’s very sad.

  8. Kent_Diego says:

    Not an attractive life. Still they always seem to have money for cigarettes and vodka. Bums are the same all the world over.

  9. miss india says:

    OMG! like russia is so poor. I am not shocked they have so many bums. HAHAHAHA.

  10. RussianeedsObama says:

    most attractive russian men I have seen so far. Seriously, what is up with that?

  11. Anon says:

    Vodka -> sleep -> gather metal -> vodka, nice cycle.

  12. SS says:

    All they need is vodka and they are happy and warm

  13. exUSSR says:

    in soviet union and Russian Empire there were no things like that….even people like them where offered free housing and works…

  14. Something about homeless, some have no choice, if they can work and have no desire to live this way, they won’t be out there for long. Many, however, choose to live apart from society, they have withdrawn or have been castout by family because of the nonstop drinking. This group seems like a decent bunch they help each other out.

  15. Greg says:

    These men need a fresh start & a clean break. No man should have to live like that. Time and time again society has shown how it doesn’t give a f_ about those who fall on hard times. Alcoholism is death by a thousand cuts. Social control had plus sides. Someone in government would do something apart from Tax us. In London Irish people set up their own centers to help Irish homeless people especially around Christmas. It is heart breaking stuff, despite the positive spin from the stories. I hate to see broken men. it tears me up. The war vets, the alcoholism, the nihilism it’s a very sad state of affairs. In the States they had some b-t-ds film something called “streetbum fights” where the homeless boxed each other for money. At least this photo shoot was more intellectual

  16. Vector says:

    Good article.

  17. authorized1 says:

    All the Russia is like this

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  19. Destructor says:

    these guys will definitelly would enjoy some marlboro cigs

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