This case happened in the 70s in the village of Gorbachikha, Kenozero area. It's hard to tell now if it really happened, but, as they say, there is no smoke without fire... ...Moscow-born Sorokin bought an abandoned house in the village of Gorbachikha. A good, well-educated and cultured man he was. Respectful of the northern customs, he was accepted by the local people as a friend. Once upon a Saturday, an incident took place after Sorokin heated up his bathhouse and was not to be seen for quite some time. A neighbor became concerned and peeked into the bathhouse to find Sorokin lying senseless on the floor of the steam room filled with smoke. They took him to the hospital. When asked what happened, Sorokin told them something tragicomical:
"Vysotsky's Black Steam Bath was on. I wanted to know what it felt like with black steam in the bathhouse, so I closed the chimney to let the smoke escape through the door."
The village men did not know whether to laugh or cry when they heard that. But what can one expect from someone who has never even seen a real bathhouse? The men decided to explain and show to Sorokin how 'black steam' bathhouse, a treasure of the Kenozero area, worked.
Back home from the hospital, Sorokin has a visitor – stove-maker Yegorych. He has with him a bottle of infused vodka. They pour a glass, and the stove-maker begins to explain the bathhouse science:
"As a city dweller, you probably think that the Russian bathhouse, as described in the annals, has the smoke escape through the chimney and bathers lying on bunks with besoms. You are wrong, my dear friend. This would be the description of a white steam bath, which, to my taste as a Kenozero dweller, has neither soul nor taste. The true Russian bathhouse is 'black'. There is no steam room in it. It's a one-room space. Nor there is chimney. Its smoke escapes through the window, the door and the small hole in the wall. We should have Petrov show you his bathhouse. It's all black inside. From smoke…"