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  • Swept Under The Banner: Crumbling House Makeover Russian Style

    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city was preparing for the visit of a plenipotentiary of the president of Russia. The main reason of the visit and subject of discussion, supposed to be issues of deteriorating housing. Creative city officials decided to sugarcoat the issue and covered facades of old houses, with the banner with the image of beautiful buildings. […] More

  • Russian Housing Authorities Create Weirdness

    Since the late fifties, Housing Authorities (ЖЭК) are responsible for maintenance and landscaping of Russia’s neighborhoods. Each block used to have a housing office with its own maintenance crew and office workers. During the Soviet times, Housing authorities or Upravdom also were responsible for public and social work. They used to put up street billboards […] More