Photos: Moscow’s rooftop explorers keep out of reach

A young group comprising four Russians and one Frenchman call their team 'Rudex', which stands for "roof and decay exploration." Their passion has taken them to the top of some of the city's best known landmarks and also, on occasion, to detention by police.

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Vad Him of the Rudex team climbs up a structure on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. 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. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Vad Him of the Rudex team climbs up a structure on a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. 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. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Members of the Rudex team walk across a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. The group consists of four Russians and one Frenchman who visits Moscow and they call their team ‘Rudex’, which stands for ‘roof and decay exploration.’ (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Members of the Rudex team walk across a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. The group consists of four Russians and one Frenchman who visits Moscow and they call their team ‘Rudex’, which stands for ‘roof and decay exploration.’ (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Ostankino TV tower stands in Moscow, Russia. The members of Rudex do what mirrors the Western craze for ‘urbex’, or the urban exploration of man-made structures. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Ostankino TV tower stands in Moscow, Russia. The members of Rudex do what mirrors the Western craze for ‘urbex’, or the urban exploration of man-made structures. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Yevgeny Halkechev of the Rudex team rests as his team mates stand on the parapet of a roof in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Yevgeny Halkechev of the Rudex team rests as his team mates stand on the parapet of a roof in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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An office building facade is seen in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

An office building facade is seen in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Grigory Shukhov and Georgy Lanchevskiy of the Rudex team exit a garret during a rooftop exploration in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Grigory Shukhov and Georgy Lanchevskiy of the Rudex team exit a garret during a rooftop exploration in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Grigory Shukhov of the Rudex team climbs a ladder up to a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Grigory Shukhov of the Rudex team climbs a ladder up to a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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‘Some are parachute jumpers. Some go to church. Some love skiing. But I walk on roofs,’ said Shukhov. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

‘Some are parachute jumpers. Some go to church. Some love skiing. But I walk on roofs,’ said Shukhov. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Sergii Rodionov takes a photograph on his mobile phone from a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. The climbers’ movement is non-political, but in a show of concern for urban renewal, they sometimes take pictures of buildings that are decaying or lacking security and post them to social media. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Sergii Rodionov takes a photograph on his mobile phone from a rooftop in Moscow, Russia. The climbers’ movement is non-political, but in a show of concern for urban renewal, they sometimes take pictures of buildings that are decaying or lacking security and post them to social media. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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Sunlight reflects in windows of the Oruzheyniy business centre in Moscow, Russia. Some of the Rudex group said they fear that authorities will introduce legislation to ban their pastime outright, perhaps out of concern that it could induce teenagers to commit suicide. The reality, they said, is that urbex is life enhancing. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

Sunlight reflects in windows of the Oruzheyniy business centre in Moscow, Russia. Some of the Rudex group said they fear that authorities will introduce legislation to ban their pastime outright, perhaps out of concern that it could induce teenagers to commit suicide. The reality, they said, is that urbex is life enhancing. (Maxim Shemetov / REUTERS)

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