Many people think they live in comfortable conditions in Moscow while some homes have no water supply systems and each winter turns into a struggle for life for them.
Novokuryanovo is a forgotten village not far from Butovo located inside that experimental rail ring. There is just one road leading here and plows don’t always come to these areas. The nearest store is situated miles away, in Shcherbinka. Gas supply is just a dream. People have to burn coal and wood to heat their homes which often triggers fires. Burglaries are quite common. Yet this place became part of Moscow as far back as in 1984.
Some say about Gypsies who founded the village but it’s just a myth. In fact, in the 1930s they moved people from Kuryanovo village to build an aeration station. Thus forming Novokuryanovo.
Ex-mayor Luzhkov once thought these were sheds. People living in the village consiting of 100 homes were supposed to be provided with new homes in 1985 but two thirds of them never did. Amazingly, but these 386 people never lost their hope either.
It’s not easy to talk someone here into giving an interview and that’s not their fault! There are plenty of bastards walking around waiting for the right moment to steal these people’s pensions and medals.
A local home.
This is Nikolay.
He lives with his brother and his wife.
It’s freezing in here because something’s wrong with the stove. They want to rebuild it in summer.
The only good thing about this place is the fact that its roof doesn’t leak yet.
People live under similar conditions here in Novokuryanovo.
But authorities don’t care.
This 86-year old lady was a teacher. She takes water from the water pump.
Surprisingly, but she doesn’t grumble at it but says she’s quite satisfied with her life. She lives with her son and they renovate their home little by little. She says it’s good to live in the country.