The Death Pillar annual event, Neglinka

The Death Pillar annual event, Neglinka
January, 19th is the Russian Orthodox celebration of the Baptism of good old Jesus. While the general public from the lad’s fan club jumps in ice-holes on the surface, the urban explorers submerge in sacred drain waters. This year January was hot as hell – the temperature that day was near zero C instead of ...

Made in Neglinka

Made in Neglinka
The Neglinka has seen too much. Drunk people left behind without light, naked people showering and washing, hallucinogenic 3-meter rats and more. Most remained (luckily for everyone) unphotographed. But not all! I am officially Dima’s hairdresser since 2006. The exemplary haircut is on the left This is the Death Pillar, it’s waters come up to ...

Danilovka river

Danilovka river
Danilovka was one of the last unexpectedly big river tunnels that we have discovered. It has an underwater portal into the Moscow river, is not much mentioned anywhere and can’t be evidently traced from the surface. It is the first drain built in Moscow after the revolution. The approximate year of construction is 1928. The ...

Chura river

Chura river
The Chura is a large drain on the right side of Moscow river. Easily accessable for urban exploration, long and new. Not much to tell about. Includes one average sized waterfall. You might be interested in Moscow drains & rivers: General information

Kopytovka river 1

Kopytovka river
The Kopytovka is an average sized concrete river with a small brick fragment. The outfall at the end of the tunnel  has a filtering station. It was largely unknown before we found it in 2006. It used to have tree roots growing through the tunnel and other noted monuments. From what I’ve heard, the roots were ...

The Chechorra river and the story of Mr. G 1

The Chechorra river and the story of Mr. G
These disputable photos are equipped with the story about a comrade, G… One cold winter evening, six explorers went downstream. We had some beers and other mood-modifying things. We walked far enough downstream, stopping every now and then to take photos, when Thunder cried “WAVE! WAVE!” The WAVE is what happens the sudden raise of ...

Moscow drains & rivers: General information 1

Moscow drains & rivers: General information
The city’s storm drain system is separated from the sewage. The drains all fall into the two large rivers – the Moscow river and the Yauza. This kind of engineering solution makes the sewage nearly unvisitable due to the stench and constant water lever, but the drains are more than a pleasant place to visit. ...

Presnya river 1

Presnya river
The Presnya river was put underground in the first decade of the 20th century due to the railroad development. It is a long awesome brick river. The rock-hard dirt at the bottom is full of 20th century coins from construction time to modern days. I could especially note that: It has a ditch right at ...

The Neglinka river 1

The Neglinka river
I thought that there’s too much about the river and divided it all in two posts. Some not really structured information and photos are below, while the fun and parties are here The Neglinka is the oldest and most well-known Moscow underground river.  It was first transformed into an open channel by the order of ...