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article imageFive Russian daredevils climb Europe's tallest building (video)

By Anne Sewell     Dec 21, 2012 in World
Moscow - Five skyscraper-climbing young Russians recently took up a challenge to climb to the highest point on Moscow's Mercury City Tower, without a safety net, and totally illegally.
These daredevils wanted to touch the end of a rooftop construction crane, hovering 370 meters above the ground.
The building itself is the still-under-construction Mercury City Tower in Moscow. At 339 meters high, it recently took the title of Europe's tallest building from London's Shard.
The group calls themselves "Raskalov and Co". They developed a thorough plan to climb the building right to the very top, without getting caught in the act, in very, very cold and icy weather.
Prior to making the climb, group leader Vitaly Raskalov and friends observed the area, studied the workers' schedules and the locations of security cameras. The building has a sophisticated security network which, according to Raskalov, makes it nearly impossible for "regular guys" to get in legally. He says in the video that the building is "one of the most expensive and protected buildings in Russia." You have to be very rich to be there.
He referred to the roving guard patrols, motion detectors, CCTV cameras and a "real-life anthill of Turkish construction workers who will not only call the alarm if they see anyone, but can also beat you up really badly," he said.
Dressed as construction workers, the five daredevils snuck into the building and climbed the stairs to get to the top of the 75-story building. They then had to wait for the crane operator's shift to change, and during this switchover, they had only five minutes to complete their daring mission.
Once at the top of the building, two of the group base-jumped off the building, taking video footage as they went.
Five Russian daredevils climb Europe s tallest building in Moscow.
Five Russian daredevils climb Europe's tallest building in Moscow.
The other three began climbing the crane, which is so high up that it is shrouded in clouds and is coated with ice. They left their mark with a few lightning-shaped stickers and then documented the entire enterprise in the above eight-minute video.
Raskalov wrote on his blog, “As it turned out, the hardest part is to get down from the crane. The icy beams are at such an angle that it is not just difficult, but very difficult to descend.”
The group of daredevils have started a web project on extreme sports where they write about their urban adventures and post some amazing photographs.
Five Russian daredevils climb Europe s tallest building in Moscow.
Five Russian daredevils climb Europe's tallest building in Moscow.
A similar prank was performed in April 2012, on the previous tallest building in Europe, the Shard in London. A group of British skyscraper climbers bypassed the building's high-level security and took a series of photos from 310 meters, of London's skyline.
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