Muscovites risk life and limb to scale buildings
RUSSIA: A handful of young Muscovites spend their spare time braving the risk of arrest, injury and even death to scale tall buildings. Their motivation is simple: to feel more alive.
The group consists of four Russians and one Frenchman who visits Moscow and they call their team ‘‘Rudex’’, which stands for ‘‘roof and decay exploration.’’
Their passion has taken them to the top of some of the city’s best known landmarks and also, on occasion, to detention by police.
None of the explorers have been injured since the group was founded in 2008. What they do mirrors the Western craze for ‘‘urbex’’, or the urban exploration of man-made structures.
Konstantin Drykin’s biggest climb was of a Stalin-era, 176-metre apartment block near the Kremlin in August 2014.
Another ‘‘roofer’’, Georgy Lanchevskiy, climbed in 2013 the spire of Moscow State University, which is 240m high. He said the risk of death or arrest gave him an adrenalin rush.
Their movement is nonpolitical and they have no ideology.
But in a show of concern for urban renewal they sometimes take pictures of buildings that are decaying, unkempt or lacking security and post them to social media. - Reuters
Members of the Rudex team walk across a rooftop in Moscow.