3 How do Moscow Illegal Migrant Workers live

How do Moscow Illegal Migrant Workers live

Posted on August 9, 2016 by konst4

Short introduction for those who are young and missed everything. In the perfect Soviet times there was such a thing as a registration. Now it exists too, but registration value then was much more important than it is now. There was even idiom “to get married because of the registration”! Registration was needed to live in a city, for example, in Moscow! Living in the city was much better than in the countryside – more food, entertainment, and other benefits of civilization. For example, in the city you can buy sausage or boots! But you couldn’t move from Zazhopinsk to Moscow…

– I thought I would be sent to Moscow, and I really want to see Comrade Lenin!
– And Comrade Lenin really wants to see you in your own village!

At some moment, Muscovites began to refuse to carry out menial work at numerous plants. Then the large enterprises were allowed to draw from the villages and other urbans different unskilled labor. That was actually the limit of registration, and people who came to work, called limitchik. Soon the meaning of the word has changed, and limits began to call all those who came in large numbers in search of money and fame. In fact, the Soviet limitchik – is today’s guest workers.

In the 80s, when the Soviets has already happily curled, one Moscow food combine invited workers by limit. They resettled them, as expected, in the dormitory, which was located in a former kindergarten in one of the town houses ofBudenovskoye. Budenovskiy town – is famous constructivist quarter on Bolshaya Pochtovaya street.

Usually limitchik through several years of hard work had the opportunity to obtain a separate apartment in Moscow. But in the case of food processing plants, something went wrong. Soviet collapsed, and a food plant with it was closed. Part of the plant workers were settled to the flats. The hostel also became the property of the city, and not settled workers remained to live in it.

In the bustle of the 90 inhabitants of the hostel have registered in their small rooms hundreds of dead souls. And now, more than 20 years later, no one knows what to do with them. Now there lives few families, they do not pay the rent, their houses are like uninhabited.

People want to be given a normal apartment. But why does someone has to give them an apartment?

01. First, a bit about Budenovskiy town. It was built in the late 1920s. According to one version, it was a settlement for the workers, on the other – the houses were built for the high command of the Red Army.

02. Budenovskiy town was designed by architect-constructivist Michael Motylev. Then the implementation of housing projects for workers has always rested in the financial capabilities of developers. Therefore, houses in the workers’ settlements obtained simply, without elevators, with small rooms and shared kitchens and bathrooms. Be that as it may, the experts considered that ‘The quarter is interesting for its planning structure and provides historical and
cultural value “. The town was recognized as a monument of constructivism and promised to be put in order.

03. This two-storey extension is a former kindergarten, instead it there was a hostel for workers. Its inhabitants want it’s demolition and resettlement.

04. And though the buildings themselves look shabby, but inside they are in a good condition. Here the people are waiting for the promised overhaul.

05. Balconies are slightly collapsed.

06. Annex-hostel is in a terrible state. People who live here require the demolition if not of the whole house, then at least a part of it. And about all Budenovskoye village – in 2014 the authorities conducted a poll, in which, according to the Prefecture of the Central Administrative District, 990 people voted against the demolition of the town, and 179 – for. On this basis, it was decided to make an overhaul in most of rooms.

Here we must remember that the state of housing is not the same everywhere. Those who live in the homes, did not want the demolition. But the dilapidated rotten extensions will soon fall apart.

07. Beautifully


09. The floors have rotted long ago, in order not to fall through the holes were closed with sheets of plywood or chipboard. Wooden floors – the main problem of the houses in the village. It is being discussed with the authorities since Soviet times. If not overlapping, the issue of the demolition wouldn’t have been raised. And the people are afraid that one day these houses will simply collapse. They complain that the house does not meet fire safety standards. So in 2014, after a survey of residents Commission conducted a survey of design elements and recommended to replace the wooden floors with reinforced concrete.

10. Each sheet covers the hole


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3 Responses to “How do Moscow Illegal Migrant Workers live”

  1. Vijay says:

    All of a major City is not just the high life and glory. Another great blog from ER that shows reality. Thanks again, keepup the good work. Will be nice to see such a blog of poor retirees who are struggling to make ends meet. :)

  2. Douglas says:

    Demolition and resettlement…..that is the only solution to this mess. Cattle barns are in better condition.

  3. Kent_Diego says:

    Not everyone is rich. An affordable apartment has it’s use. Who cares it the walls or floor is not perfect. I once moved into a dilapidated apartment and lived there for 8 years. Had holes in ceiling and roof. I fixed the issues my self. The rent was $375/month and it gave me so much freedom. I lost job for 1.5 years and could easily live on savings. No financial worries due to dilapidated apartment. Hole in wall is easy to fix. Life is good when you do not have to worry about rent.

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