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POINT BLANK: коммуналка

Wikipedia says…

Communal apartments (singular: Russian: коммуналка, коммунальная квартираkommunalkakommunal’naya kvartira) appeared in the Soviet Union following the Russian revolution of 1917. Communal apartments emerged as a response to a housing crisis in urban areas – authorities presented them as a product of the “new collective vision of the future”. Between two and seven families typically shared a communal apartment. Each family had its own room, which often served as a living room, dining room, and bedroom for the entire family. All the residents of the entire apartment shared the use of the hallways, kitchen (commonly known as the “communal kitchen”), bathroom and telephone (if any). The communal apartment became the predominant form of housing in the USSR for generations, and examples still exist in “the most fashionable central districts of large Russian cities”.

Markus says…

during our stay in St. Petersburg / Russia we lived with seven friends and an old lady in this communal apartment. A cheep and communicative alternative to the expensive hotels. It was a kind of time travel and I really enjoy to experience that way of living together in one apartment.