The Russian house greatly differs from dwellings in other countries. Although its interior and exterior may be similar to those of other national houses, the “spirit” of the Russian house is quite different. 


1. It is very warm inside the Russian house during winters

When it is drastically cold and frosty outdoors, you will still enjoy warm and even hot temperatures in the Russian house. Russians can easily wear shorts at home during coldest months. It seems quite logical when a body gets tired of cold and can relax in a heated house.

2. When you enter the Russian house you should take off your shoes

A bigger part of Russia has clayed soil. When it is raining or snowing, streets get covered with mud and dust. In this case, neither asphalt nor cobblestone will be of any help.

The only way to keep your house clean is to take off shoes when you step over the doorstep.

Besides, winter shoes are trimmed with fur, so it would be unsanitary to wear these shoes inside!

When you enter the Russian house you take off heavy boots and put on slippers to “let your feet breathe”.

3. A TV set is the center of the Russian house

A TV set is the main source of entertainment in Russia. It broadcasts amusing programs, forms public opinion and gives medical advice (often bad).

4. Many Russians still live in communal apartments

Communal apartments are located in a block of flats. It is a flat where several families live at once. Each family has its own room, but they share the bathroom, kitchen and hall with neighbors.

For example, there is about half a million people in Saint Petersburg who are still living in communal apartments.

5. Most Russians live in multi-storey blocks of flats

Only 25% Russians live in detached houses. Most population lives in multi-storey blocks of flats with common utilities. That is why housing and municipal services are of great importance in Russia as they provide the Russian houses with heat and water.

6. Most Russians have a dacha (a seasonal house with a garden plot)

This house can be quite tiny or a whole mansion.

Regardless of living standards dachas remain one of key values in Russia. Every second Russian household has its own dacha. If we do not take into account people who live in cottages all year round and do not need dachas, we will see that most Russians living in multi-storey blocks of flats have dachas!

7. Russian houses are characterized not by the number of bedrooms, but separate rooms

A common one-bedroom flat (bedroom + living room) is called a two-room flat in Russia. However, the Russian house often has a separate kitchen. Besides, a separate kitchen should also have a door in accordance with the Russian civil design standards.

8. The Russian house is a real fortress

In order to get inside the Russian house you need to get through a metal door that can withstand a small storm operation. A ground floor in blocks of flats is often inhabited, and its windows are protected with bars. Metal doors became popular in a spate of criminal activities in the 1990s. However, Russians still need to protect their homes due to an economic disparity.

Metal doors with coded locks or entry phones protect the entrance to multi-storey blocks of flats.


9. The Russian house is a closed area

Russians respect their privacy, and prefer to have breakfast and dinner at home. That is why every Russian house is equipped with a fridge, a gas or electric stove and other kitchen utensils. Besides, most Russians have their own washing machines to wash and iron their clothes right at home.

10. Russians think of their house as a key value

Russians do not like changing their homes. If they are owners of the Russian house and belong to a low-income social group, they are hardly to get motivated to move.

Sometimes this trait gives rise to real tragedies when a backbone enterprise (a major plant in a one-company town) is closed and its workers are made redundant. People lose their means of subsistence, but still cannot sell their house and move to another town.

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