Communist Russia’s toilet paper shortage has been an issue of debate for most scholars who finds it difficult to believe that there was a point in time when Russia experienced a toilet paper shortage. Some equally believe that the toilet paper shortage in USSR is a myth.
Origin of Toilet Paper in Russia
Soviet Union (Russia) started the production of toilet paper in the late 1960s. Before then, people were using newspapers to clean their anus after defecation. It took some time before toilet tissue became a thing to every average Russian.
Russian Toilet Paper Shortage 1973
The toilet paper shortage in Russia in 1973 led to a lot of mixed feelings. Some people think that there was never a time when Russian was shorts of toilet paper while some said otherwise. Someone said that he was born in the 1960s and has lived all his life in Russia, that there was a time when it was hard to find toilet roll in some certain locations in Russia.
However, it is important to note that in December 1973, a Wisconsin congressman by the name of Froehlich said that “toilet paper shortage is the next thing you will have to worry about” His statement alone made prompted the toilet paper shortage that happened in 1973. People heard his statement and bought the toilet papers in the stores. It implies that the toilet paper shortage of 1973 did not just affect USSR alone, there is a probability that other countries such as the United States equally experienced such.
Toilet Paper Shortage During Coronavirus In Russia
However, during the COVID-19 period, there was never a time when we heard that Russia ran short of toilet papers. The shortage is mostly seen in the US and some other countries of the world.
One thing to note about the toilet paper shortage is that it is a temporary thing. It is something that comes and goes. It is not something that stays for a very long period of time. United States experience a shortage of toilet tissues because of COVID-19 and the lockdown that followed.