METRO-2

MOSCOW, RUS­SIA

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HOW FAST CAN PUTIN RE­ALLY LEAVE MOSCOW?

It is the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment’s night­mare sce­nario: Moscow lies in ru­ins be­cause a nu­clear at­tack has de­stroyed the en­tire city… Chaos reigns. All sub­way lines are blocked—all ex­cept one: the Metro-2. Deep be­neath Rus­sia’s cap­i­tal ex­ists a type of dooms­day sub­way sys­tem. If a nu­clear as­sault ever took place, Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin would long since be 650 feet un­der­ground—in a com­fort­able seat on the per­sonal pri­vate rail­way that will whisk him out of the city within just a few min­utes. In fact, the Rus­sian pres­i­dent has his own pri­vate emer­gency train and a se­cret sta­tion stop un­der the Krem­lin. Al­legedly the Metro-2 was a se­cret project im­ple­mented by a para­noid Joseph Stalin in the 1920s out of fear of an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt. Rus­sia’s se­cret po­lice, the KGB, gave the train the co­de­name D- 6. In­sid­ers re­port that to­day the net­work of the Metro-2 is sig­nif­i­cantly larger and more far­reach­ing than Moscow’s own pub­lic rail­way sys­tem, the Moscow Metro, which in­cludes 196 sub­way sta­tions and spans 203 miles. Four rail­way lines re­port­edly connect the Metro-2 to Moscow’s most im­por­tant hubs, in­clud­ing KGB head­quar­ters, a VIP air­port, and sev­eral se­cret bunkers. The sub­urbs be­yond an atom bomb’s blast and ra­di­a­tion ra­dius can also be ac­cessed. Of­fi­cially its ex­is­tence is de­bated, but the city’s un­der­ground is dot­ted with ex­its that lead nowhere and there is a mys­te­ri­ous dead end be­tween Sportiv­naya and Univer­sitet sta­tions. A huge gate there is be­lieved to be the en­try to the se­cret sub­way.

ES­CAPE TUN­NEL

The Metro-2 be­neath Moscow is sup­posed to con­vey Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin (be­low) away from the Rus­sian me­trop­o­lis a un­no­ticed in the event of nu­clear at­tack on the city.

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