This is a potential trouble spot, because somebody who's a little out of it, who's drunk, can get it dirty. And somehow it has to get cleaned up. Who's going to do this? It's always an issue.
Ilya: It used to be that there were a lot of toilet seats in the apartment; every family had their own seat. But this seat is for general use. When you need it, you put it on the toilet. This place usually holds pieces of newspaper. We'll see them in the other toilet; there we'll see pieces of newspaper that are put on top of the seat, because the seat is for general use, and if you put newspaper on top, then it's like it isn't dirty.
Slawomir: Where's the toilet paper?
Ilya: People bring it with them. From their room. Also the toilet can get clogged if you throw paper into it. And unclogging it is another issue. The person on duty doesn't necessarily want to deal with it. He's not interested; it's his job to make sure things are clean, not to unclog a toilet. Sometimes people write notes on the wall with chalk, I've done it myself, that you shouldn't flush paper down the toilet because it will get clogged. There's another toilet over there.
Ilya: I remember, in the communal living rules, in the official rules, there was an incredible sentence, it said: "Pull the pullcord smoothly." This thing here is called a pullcord, and you had to pull it carefully and precisely or it would come off.
Ilya: There are two ladders here, for general use. They are used, first, to change bulbs. And second, this little ladder is good for taking readings from the electric meter. Next to every door, we'll see this in a minute, next to every door is a meter.
Ilya: Everybody pays for their own electricity that they use in their own family in their room, and that electricity is measured by this meter. Every month the person on duty reads the meters. He climbs up on the ladder and takes a reading... If the light is dim, and it usually is, then they light a match and do this: 28831.