Juri lives in an earthen hut on the edge of the highway between Moscow and Yaroslavl. He used to work as a lawyer in the capital, today he is known as the "Russian hobbit". He regularly receives free food from friends in the neighbourhood - or from one of his 156k YouTube subscribers. "I lived in Moscow for ten years, finished university, lived in a rented apartment and worked in an office," he explains. "After that, I became increasingly lazy." What bothered him most was the fact that, despite his education, he hardly had any money to buy a piece of bread at the end of the month. At some point he lost his motivation: "I had less and less money and I didn't want to earn any more either." Finally, he decided to become homeless to break the social corset of obligations. "I had to decide how to move on with my life." After the WW2, many Russian families in urban areas lived in small barracks, often shared with many other families. There was a huge housing shortage, especially in cities. When Nikita Khrushchev became the leader of the Communist Party in March 1953 after Stalin's death, he built large apartment buildings everywhere. He changed the style of the magnificent Stalin constructions to uniform, simple apartment buildings. It was the beginning of the economic upswing that would last at least until the end of the 1950s. In 2018, Moscow's mayor Sobyanin decided to demolish thousands of these buildings, from the Khruchov era. Many inhabitants feared that this decision would cause them to be relocated from their apartments in the city centre to the outskirts. This made me curious about the way of how people live in Moscow.
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