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Iron pile

Iron Madness Or What Russian Tourists Want

I was booking some travel today and read reviews of hotels at my destination. At some point I decided to filter Russian reviews and was…

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning In Russia

Time before Easter and/or May Holidays is time to do Spring cleaning, both at home and in the city. Here is how we, Russians, approach…

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Communal flats

Communal Flats in Russia – Shared Life

When I wrote about apartments of modern and Soviet time, I forgot to write about communal or shared flats. These were the flats, shared by…

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Russian Maslenitsa tea time

If You Are Invited To a Russian Home – Russian Hospitality

What to expect if your Russian friends invited you to their place? How to prepare for your visit? First of all – prepare to enjoy…

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Carpet from Turkmenistan

Carpets As Carpets And Carpets As Symbols

One cannot imagine a good Soviet apartment without carpets. Carpet was on the floor in a living room and… often on a wall of a…

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Евроремонт

“EuroRemont” – Interior Design of Post-Soviet Russia

“What happened to Soviet style apartments after Perestroika” clearly won the contest of topics. In one word – what happened was “EuroRemont” – “Western kind…

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dining table from the movie

A Typical Apartment of the Soviet Time

USSR with its planned economy was a strange place to live. Everything was standardized, including residential buildings, apartment plans and furniture. Let’s explore what was…

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Typical "sleeping district"

Apartments Or Houses? How Urban Russians Live?

Most Russians (74%) live in the cities. What are the urban homes like? Are these apartments or private houses? Do people prefer to live in…