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The Clock Is Ticking For Russia's 'Khrushchyovki'

A recent decision by President Vladimir Putin marks the beginning of the end in Russia for the "temporary" Soviet-era apartments -- the khrushchyovki -- which still house millions.


Clouds of crows swirl over a khrushchyovka in Moldova's Transdniester region. Decades after their planned lifespan of 25 years expired, the apartment blocks stand today as a bleak reminder of a very different time. 
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Clouds of crows swirl over a khrushchyovka in Moldova's Transdniester region. Decades after their planned lifespan of 25 years expired, the apartment blocks stand today as a bleak reminder of a very different time. 

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (third from left), who came to power following Stalin's death in 1953, being shown a prototypical American kitchen at an exhibition in 1959. With his citizens squeezed into communal apartments and the urban population continuing its rapid increase, the housing crisis in Khrushchev's Soviet Union was urgent (U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon is to the right of Khrushchev, and next to him is future Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev). 
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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (third from left), who came to power following Stalin's death in 1953, being shown a prototypical American kitchen at an exhibition in 1959. With his citizens squeezed into communal apartments and the urban population continuing its rapid increase, the housing crisis in Khrushchev's Soviet Union was urgent (U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon is to the right of Khrushchev, and next to him is future Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev). 

A khrushchyovka decorated with a mural in Kyiv. Despite residents making the best of the apartments, which have served them for decades, the khrushchyovki of the former Soviet Union are one architectural icon unlikely to be missed. 
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A khrushchyovka decorated with a mural in Kyiv. Despite residents making the best of the apartments, which have served them for decades, the khrushchyovki of the former Soviet Union are one architectural icon unlikely to be missed. 

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