Tour of my Soviet apartment

Tour of my Soviet apartment


Hey everyone I’m the Yankee in Siberia,
telling you the truth about life in Russia. Today I thought I’d give you a
little tour of my apartment here in Omsk and show you what a typical one-room
Soviet style apartment is like. So this is a typical older Soviet building
found here in Omsk. Many of these buildings are right here it’s just plain
red just not very tall it’s wider than it is tall. And this one has a Russian
flag on it. And there are some more these buildings right down there. It’s not
red. And something that’s a bit different with apartment buildings
between America and Russia, is that in America if you live in an apartment
building with multiple entrances it doesn’t really matter which entrance you
go in you can still get to your apartment. While here in Russia certain
entrances will only take you to certain apartments, and they’re all labeled up on
top of the door which which apartment you can get to using which door. All
right so let’s check out inside. And here we are on the inside of the apartment
building and because it’s an older building there are no elevators it’s
just stairs. But honestly after a while living here I don’t mind anymore, it
gives me good exercise every day. And here I am in the hallway of the building I still say this place would
make for a great horror movie. Maybe an asylum or something, especially
with this gate here. And every place has its own little storage box and little
things built into the walls here for storage. Okay so that’s the hallway in a
typical Soviet apartment buiding let’s go check out my apartment. All right so of
course here we’ve got the living room or the main room. Closet to keep some
clothes in and here besides clothes I also have my little library, some books
that I was able to take with me from America. I wasn’t able to bring all of
them so I mostly have just English grammar books and some Russian textbooks. And on the other side I
just keeps some clothes. My couch my little desk office area whatever you want to
call it with my laptops. I just do some of my work here making videos or some
English lessons. The window with the wonderful view of the apartment building
across the street. Here is one of the heaters I have here in my apartment, it
doesn’t look like a lot but in the wintertime these things get really warm
and its able to keep the apartments pretty warm too. And of course we’ve got
my New York curtains representing home. Manhattan New York. Tripod, lamp, dresser with the TV on it. It’s a good size TV for me. Okay and
in here we have the bathroom. Light is on the outside of course, Russia. A typical
bathroom shower, sink. What’s interesting I think in that the sink here there’s no
faucet the faucet though is right here and it just swivels over and you
can use it in either the shower or the sink. Here
we’ve got the washing machine which takes up a lot of room in the bathroom and the
heater. Again it doesn’t look like much it’s off right now because it’s
summertime but in the wintertime this thing gets really warm and
I use it to hang up my clothes after I wash them. Something a little
different here in Russia is in many apartments the the bathroom will be
split up into two different rooms. So one of them will just be here for the
toilet, and then a separate room would be for the sink and the shower.
In my apartment its just one room together which I honestly like a little
better it’s my I think it’s more convenient. Moving on coming out of
the bathroom I have the kitchen and I love this wallpaper it’s like being in an
Italian restaurant, it has a whole Italian theme which is
one of my favorite types of food. Just have a little table some chairs. Of course
the refrigerator, little oven, microwave sink, a little counter for my toaster. My
oven here is electric and here in Russia you can have, depending on your hookups,
ovens will either be gas or electric. And luckily I have electric. And here we have
the last of my heaters, again it does not look like very much but when all three
of them are running and with the thick walls in these apartments the apartment
stays really warm. My little orange cupboards, cupboards underneath, and when
I first moved in here none of these cupboards or anything we’re in here I
had to put them in and when I actually end up leaving this place I’m going to
take them all with me. Which is another thing that’s a bit different in America
with the cupboards and everything else tend to stay in the apartments but once
I leave it’s all coming with me to my new apartment. And there you have my
apartment here in Siberia, if you liked this video make sure to leave a like and
don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to catch more videos about life here in
Russia. Until next time peace, out Mother Russia.

31 Comments on "Tour of my Soviet apartment"


  1. Another interesting video by my favorite Yankee in Siberia. It was very nice to tour your apartment and see what they are like. I will be waiting for your next YouTube.

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  2. Thank you for the video. There is an exhibition in Omsk, called "Russia – my history". There you may see how typical russian apartments chahge through the XX-XXI centuries. It gives full and right impression)

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  3. Thank you for this vid. I live in a soviet type apartman in Hungary so I really interested in…

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  4. The Soviets didn't put elevators in building less than 6 stories, even new building are built like that. Those are Krushovki, they were built quickly to deal with the housing crisis that plagued the USSR after ww2.

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  5. I have thought about moving to Russia to teach English, but I worry about the language barrier. For Example, at 1:04 (apartment sign in Cyrillic) you explain the entrances to your apartment. Are you fluent enough in Russian that you are able to navigate around with no problem? Did you ever get lost or turned around in your city? How were you able to negotiate that apartment with a land lord if you did not know Russian? Are you James Bond (the last one is a joke, unless you really are Mr. Bond).

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  6. This was designed for temporary acomodation or shelter house. This is not really soviet apartment. I note this is a good quality strong building.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the tour inside your apartment. I have a question, did you decorate the apartment or was it in that way when you arrived? Greetings from Mexico.

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  8. Wow man. I'm an American and have never left the country or even been on a plane. You have done what allot of people cannot do.

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  9. Interesting video. What is the purpose of the gate in the hallway? Is that area supposed to be closed off for like a maintenance area and was just open or something else? Thanks!

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  10. Very nice I find Russian life interesting. Nothing like all the lies we were told for years. Thank you

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  11. I love how you're so nonchalant about taking your cupboards with you lol. That's insane hahahaha

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  12. apartment itself is very nice. if only the lobby/stair areas were modernised instead of looking like, as you said, a mental asylum lol

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  13. I’m just a little concerned,LG tv,branded stuff,coffeemaker,dont think average Russian family could afford what you take for granted, but it’s only you..living there..don’t think you get it..and as for taking back cupboard doors..really?best bit is washing machine. 2 pin,no earth,next to shower,basin..enjoy that,when damp..again no Russian could afford that..is daddy paying?

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  14. Great video.
    I am just curious if there are beaches in Siberia?
    How about posting a video about it.That would have been shocking to a lot of people.

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  15. Well, there's an old-ish Russian joke about Omsk:

    A few guys die and go to heaven, and at the gate of Heaven god said to these two guys: "Welcome to Heaven! Here, there is no work and no money!" and in response, one of the two guys said "Ah great, we're just back in Omsk."

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