Russians To Pay $1,000 For Doomsday Party in Soviet Bunker

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By: / December 20, 2012

The apocalypse is supposedly upon us and the Russians have a one-up in surviving it.

While a party may be the furthest thing from the minds of doomsday enthusiasts, Soviet leaders have designed a Cold War-style bunker for any countryman willing to drop $1,000 to escape the world’s end.

Yahoo! News reports:
Bunker No. 42, now a tourist attraction full of red alarm lights, is located 56 meters (184 feet) under ground in central Moscow, near the Kremlin, and can accommodate up to 300 people.

“Many people would feel much calmer if they could spend this critical day enjoying maximum comfort and safety,” said Alexei Pavlovsky, a tour guide at the bunker, adding there was strong interest in the party which will start at midnight on December 20.

Pavlovsky said the idea of holding a party at the bunker, which has served as a museum since 2006, came from visitors keen to mark the end of an era in the Maya Long Count calendar due at sunrise on December 21 – an event interpreted by some groups as the end of days.

“We don’t have control over things such as the end of the world. But we are ready for pretty much everything,” he said.

“There’ll be a children’s room with cartoons, for adults there’ll be movies, talks dedicated to the end of the world and tours of the museum. There’ll be live broadcasts from other bunkers in other countries.”

Upon entering the bunker, built in 1956, visitors will be whisked 18 floors down in an elevator to a warren of rooms where loudspeakers blast out the old Cold war warning: “Attention! Attention! The enemy has carried out a nuclear attack!”

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