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Tour of Moscow’s sewer tunnels ends in at least four deaths after heavy rainfall overwhelms system

Moscow is the financial and political hub of Russia. (Sergei L. Loiko/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The bodies of four people, including two teenagers, who took part in an excursion into Moscow’s sewer tunnels have been found in the Moskva River, Russian media and Telegram channels said on August 21.

Heavy rain hit the Russian capital during the tour of the underground water drainage system on August 20.

The group’s guide, Konstantin Filippov, is among an unspecified number of people who are still missing.

The Investigative Committee launched a probe into “providing services that do not correspond to safety standards that caused deaths.”

One person was detained for questioning.