By the time the channel first aired in 2004, Russian television had already been broadcasting talk shows and documentaries about the Soviet past--Namedni: Nasha Era 1961-1991, Starii Televisor, Staraia Kvartira, Starie Pesni o Glavnom--on central Russian television channels such as Channel 1, Rossiia, and NTV between 1995 and 2002 (Kalinina, 2014).
As I learned from the talk show Staraia Kvartira that I watched previously, Rosenbaum had travelled to Afghanistan in the early 1980s to symbolically support the fighting Soviet soldiers on several occasions.
Kalinina invokves the television programme Staraya Kvartira
(The Old Apartment), the musical Pesni Nashei Kommunalki (Songs of Our Communal Apartment) or the restaurant chain 'Petrovich'.
19) On the kommunalka, see also Ekaterina Gerasimova, "The Soviet Communal Apartment," in Beyond the Limits, 107-30; Gerasimova, "Sovetskaia kommunal 'naia kvartira
kak sotsial'nyi institut: Istoriko-sotsiologicheskii analiz (na materialakh Leningrada, 1917-1991)" (Candidate of Sciences diss.
Petersburg's Museum Poslednyaya Kvartira
Pushkina in a facsimile reproduction and then digitalised.
However, it should be noted that the apartment, the kvartira
, could on occasion become a spiritual haven for intellectual discourse in a world of philistinism and ideology.
The language is riddled with Russian words: an apartment is a kvartira
, a shop a magazin, the boss a nachal'nik, a doctor a vrach, and a German a nemets.