Mus­covites risk life and limb

The Southland Times - - WORLD -

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.

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