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Until I tell you, they won't start cleaning up. How people live in communal apartments – the story of the owner of the room in the Stalin High ceilings from which plaster is pouring, wooden doors and floors –

Until I tell you, they won't start cleaning up. How people live in communal apartments – the story of the owner of the room in the Stalin

“It is better when you have your own apartment, but it’s also good. The main thing is to be lucky with neighbors, ”the hostess of the room in a communal apartment is sure

High ceilings from which plaster is pouring, wooden doors and floors – the remnants of the past can still be found in communal apartments. One of these apartments is located in the center of Novosibirsk. A student lives in it, she remembers from childhood that there were always many neighbors around who quarreled, celebrated holidays and helped each other. Kristina spoke about life in a communal apartment, difficulties with neighbors and the cost of living in the center.

The house was built in 1954

The house was built in 1954

Photo: Alina Skitovich / NGS.RU

The communal apartment where the heroine lives is located in the city center. I go into the yard, I ring the intercom: Hello, come in.

I go up several floors, the entrance looks clean and recently renovated. White plaster, wrought-iron railings on the stairs, and dark tiles underfoot. I pass the first flight, I see an elderly man with a little girl who complains that the tiles in the entrance have fallen off in some places, and the steps have broken off.

Disrupted yellow paint in the entrance was smeared with white plaster

The chipped yellow paint in the entrance was covered with white plaster

Photo: Alina Skitovich / NGS.RU

The tiles on the floor are laid asymmetrically, in different colors

Tiles on the floor are laid asymmetrically, in different colors

Photo: Alina Skitovich / NGS.RU

“I am a mistress and a guide: I tell new neighbors where their territory is, where is mine,” Christina shared

“I am both a hostess and a guide: I tell new neighbors where their territory is, where is mine,” shared Christina

Photo: Alina Skitovich / NGS.RU

In the stairwell I am met by 19-year-old Kristina Malyavskaya, a girl studying at a college to become a programmer. All her life she lives in a communal apartment in a small room of about 20 square meters. The room was inherited by Christina's family from her grandfather, her mother lived here from birth, after Christina's father moved into the room. Now the parents have moved, but Christina has remained.

— The apartment is located in the center, convenient location, you can get anywhere in the city. I get to school in about 20 minutes, this is one of the advantages of living here,” the girl shared.

On the right, between the refrigerators, - the entrance to Kristina’s room, on the left is the room of another mistress. Doors behind a white refrigerator - pantries, right - bathroom

To the right, between the refrigerators, is the entrance to Christina's room, to the left is the room of another hostess. The doors behind the white refrigerator are pantries, straight ahead is the bathroom

Photo: Alina Skitovich / NGS.RU

The communal apartment is divided into 3 rooms, each is owned by different people. Christina lives in one of them, the tenants who periodically change in the other, and the third room is abandoned, where the hostess is unknown.

As the student said, she likes to live in a communal apartment, the main thing is to be lucky with neighbors who are different: sociable and silent, loud and quiet, with and without children.Recently, young people of 20–25 years old or a couple have been populated, Christine is easier to communicate with them.

– Living in a communal apartment is fun. If the neighbors are kind, open, then you can always find a common language. With the last neighbor, we had dinner in the evenings together in the kitchen, talked until night. She moved, but we still communicate, ”recalls Christina.

There was no repair in the corridor for a long time, there was a tinsel after the holidays

There was no repair in the corridor for a long time, there was a tinsel after the holidays

Photo: Alina Skitovich / ngs.ru

Now the girl shares an apartment with a young couple, the new residents are quiet and calm. Christina even rarely see them in the corridor, but there is a minus – pets.

– A parrot and several more animals live in the room. In general, living with them in a communal apartment is prohibited. The parrot sometimes interferes, because at 5-6 in the morning it can sing, but I can’t ask my neighbors to drive him out, so we try to get along, ”said the student.

On a wooden floor lies an old carpet, the door on the left is the room of the neighbors, they have a new repair

On a wooden floor lies an old carpet, the door on the left is the room of the neighbors, they have a new repair

Photo: Alina Skitovich / ngs.ru

The neighborhood with the parrot, as it turned out, is trifles. Previously, a young girl lived in the next room, who was rarely cleaned, so mice started in the apartment.

– She was unscrupulous, often arranged parties, I did not mind, because she was young, she wants to relax. Due to garbage, which the neighbor did not clean, we had mice. At first they were in the kitchen, and then ran through the rooms, – Christina shared.

They took their mice, but when the new neighbors were cleaned in the room, they found a bunch of cigarette butts and a burned linoleum. The most difficult thing, according to the student, to agree on cleaning. The apartment has a duty schedule, each neighbor is cleaned once a week in common rooms: a kitchen, a corridor, a toilet and a bathroom.

– Either I always clean, or I must remind my neighbors. For example, feathers fly from the parrot, but they do not notice that it is dirty. Until I say, they will not begin to clean up, ”the girl is indignant.

The place where Christina is preparing, tidied up, her personal dishes are in the lockers

The place where Christina is preparing, tidied up, her personal dishes are in the lockers

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