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Russians Living In Squalor Inside A Crumbling Workers' Paradise

The Proletarka in the Russian city of Tver was once an elegant redbrick complex designed as model housing for workers. Built at the tail end of the tsarist era, between 1858 and 1913, it was a city within a city, housing some 15,000 laborers from the local cotton mill.

After the Soviets came to power in 1917, the complex enjoyed its heyday with shops, a library, hospital, swimming pools, and a theater. But, like much of the communal housing that the Soviets had fostered, the Proletarka has fallen into disrepair and its impoverished residents are now living in squalor.