Communal Living in Russia: Photos
Photographs from other apartments: Outside the lavatory
  There used to be toilets or sinks here as well. 2007.
  Basic Facts and Background
  When: 2007

Where: A large communal apartment on the outskirts of one of the central districts of St. Petersburg.

What: To get to the lavatory, which is to the right, outside the photo, residents and guests go through these two utility rooms. In the first one, where there are stepladders for general use and skis belonging to one of the families, there used to be two sinks, as indicated by the blocked drain pipes which were not removed. In the second one, where there may have been a sink at one time, there hangs a toilet seat that belongs to one of the families. There is no common storage room in this apartment because it was originally a dormitory.

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