Anna Matveevna came to this communal apartment in St. Petersburg in 1931, when she was 8 years old. Courtesy of European University, St. Petersburg, Russia,Colgate University and Cornell University hide caption

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Courtesy of European University, St. Petersburg, Russia,Colgate University and Cornell University

How Russia's Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

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In this photo taken in April 1972 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Zhuang Zedong, right, shakes hands with U.S. table tennis player Glenn Cowan during a visit to the U.S. Zhuang, a key figure in 1971's groundbreaking "pingpong diplomacy" between China and the U.S., died in Beijing on Sunday. He was 72. Xu Bihua/AP hide caption

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