One never ceases to be staggered by the lengths to which the Soviet Union went to in order to oppress its citizenry.
In the decades following the 1917 Russian Revolution, among myriad other indignities heaped upon the Russian populace, Soviet leaders embarked upon a concerted effort to root out, of all things, individual kitchens.
Soviet authorities considered kitchens and private apartments a threat to the regime because they were places people could gather to talk about politics, according to National Public Radio.
The kitchen represented something bourgeois, said Alexander Genis, a Russian writer and radio journalist.
“Every family, as long as they have a kitchen, they have some part of their private life and private property,” he said.
The effort to eliminate private kitchens was facilitated by the rapid urbanization that took place in the Soviet Union following the end of World War I, due in no small part to Soviet policy, according to the blog Russian Tumble:
“The demand for industrial workers in the cities exploded with the forced industrialization of the Five-Year Plans, while simultaneously the pressures of forced collectivization of agriculture, and its attendant chaos, violence and famine, gave those living in the vastness that was rural Russia all to more reason to move to the city.”
In addition, the Soviet Union, with its state-managed economy, offered no incentive for providing adequate housing or the amenities of life.