Soviet TV sets, known for their horrible quality, are currently being used as shelters for bats in the Czech Republic.
A group of disabled people from the city of Brno used Soviet "Rubin" television sets to build little wooden houses for bats. Wooden cases of Soviet TV sets are solid enough to last long in bad weather.
Ecologist Mojmir Vlasin, whose company dissembles old TV sets, says that made-in-the-USSR Rubin TV sets stand out for their poor quality images and very solid plywood cases.
Fifty "bat boxes" were made of the TV sets, which inundated the Czechoslovakian market in the 1980s. Each box is good for about a dozen of bats, depending on their size. Bats will use their new Soviet homes in summer, for they enter a state of dormancy in winter.