This Blogger Snuck Into A High-Security Russian Rocket Plant — Through A Hole In The Fence

Lana Sator

Photo: Lana Sator’s Livejournal Page

A Russian blogger exposed slips in state security when she sneaked into a strategic rocket factory – not just once, but five times.Lana Sator documented her visits in photographs, 96 of which which she then published on her blog. They show a decrepit and seemingly deserted plant, with paint peeling off machinery and piles of junk outside.

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Santor claims she and other urban explorers have made five separate trips to the state-owned Energomash plant near Moscow, which according to Pravda makes liquid-fuel engines for civil and defence missiles.

She and her friends apparently sneaked through a hole in the fence under cover of darkness and were able to access many of the plant’s buildings unchallenged, including the control room.

The apparent lapse in/absence of security was an embarrassment for Russian authorities. According to Reuters:

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the security failure was “unacceptable,” warning in a televised meeting with Roskosmos [state space agency] chief Vladimir Popovkin that “sleepy cats” who failed to maintain security at strategic defence sites face punishment.

According to Ria Novosti, Rogozin had warned other “cheeky mice” bloggers to stay away from strategic installations from now on, saying darkly: “There will be no freewheeling.”

This post originally appeared at GlobalPost.

See more pictures of the plant at Lana Sator’s Livejournal Page >

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