That Special Atmosphere of Communal Apartments

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Many people who never lived in communal apartments may think this is a sort of some exhibition. But all these photos were taken in real flats of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and some other cities. Quite interesting, that some of them are even available for excursions.

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

Неповторимый колорит российских «коммуналок»

8 thoughts on “That Special Atmosphere of Communal Apartments”

  1. I have read that millions of people lived like this in the Stalin era and after. Many have fond memories of living in communal housing. This is hard for me to imagine.

  2. Not much different than life for all the younger people today who will never be able to afford a house or a condo on their own and will forever be stuck renting with a million roommates.

    We just took a different route to get to a similar problem. Except, maybe, we should be more embarrassed that young people don’t have their own homes anymore, since we weren’t turning a backwater nation into modern society.

  3. Yes, you can see life and scarcity, but these interiors, after all, are full of warmth and coziness. Only Russians can have such a soul at home despite the harsh conditions..I love this..

  4. I suspect these are much nicer than those found in the shortages of the early USSR. These are not so different from how I lived in the US in my 20s (aside from Russian touches like the ceramic stoves) and some are way nicer. Today I see some retired people looking to do the same again, to save money, reduce or share the maintenance, and be with friends.

  5. Here in the US. we are living in a debt bubble which enables all the outrageous salaries, 400 million dollar sport star’s and movie star’s ridiculous pay. Just remember 30 or 40 years ago, the difference in pay.
    The west is facing unavoidable economic collapse. It will come, we only don’t know when. When that day comes, debt free Russia may just be asked to invade for simple law and order reason’s! Google it. Economic disorder in your future!

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