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Sep 19, 2017

Moscow rooftop explorers defy death and gravity

Moscow rooftop explorers defy death and gravity

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.

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Sergii Rodionov takes a photograph on his mobile phone from a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Sergii Rodionov climbs down a ladder from a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Grigory Shukhov of Rudex team climbs a ladder up to a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Ostankino TV tower stands in Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Vad Him of Rudex team jumps whilst on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, August 14, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Georgy Lanchevskiy (L) and Konstantin Drykin of Rudex climb across a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Members of Rudex team walk across a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Yevgeny Halkechev of Rudex team rests as his team mates stand on the parapet of a roof in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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An office building facade is seen in Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Grigory Shukhov of Rudex team stands on a parapet of a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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A group of young people gather on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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A Stalin-era building is seen from a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Grigory Shukhov and Georgy Lanchevskiy of Rudex team exit a garret during a rooftop exploration in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Vad Him and Georgy Lanchevskiy of Rudex team climb up to the roof of a building in Moscow, Russia, June 2, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Vad Him (L) and Georgy Lanchevskiy of Rudex team talk in stairwell after a rooftop exploration in Moscow, Russia, August 14, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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The facade of an office building is seen during sunset in Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Sunlight reflects in windows of the Oruzheyniy business centre in Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Vad Him of Rudex team climbs up a structure on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, August 14, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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Vad Him of Rudex team jumps whilst on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia, August 14, 2017. MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

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