A Popular Russian sport called ‘Dozor’ has attracted police interest after one of its entrants was accidentally killed. The accident was not the first of this kind.
Similar to the globally-known urban game ‘Encounter’, Dozor, which can be translated as ‘Watch’, has been gaining popularity since its birth in 2005. The players from 175 cities in Russia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine form teams and carry out different tasks including night ground navigation, extreme and logic puzzles as well as role plays. The aim of each team is to collect ten so-called codes before the other contenders. However, this hunt for adrenaline has recently turned tragedy in the Ulyanovsk region.
22-year-old Kirill Zhirovov was killed when he was trying to accomplish one of the game’s tasks, the Russian newspaper Trud reports. The organizers hid the code on top of a forsaken transformer box. “There were no signs of danger on it,” recall Kirill’s teammates.
The man climbed on it, but was suddenly hit by a major electric shock. Kirill’s teammates called for an emergency ambulance, but no one arrived, the men say, and they were forced to take Kirill to hospital by themselves. A few minutes later the poor man died of burns.
I think this is the first time I have heard of anyone dying in a pervasive game. Russia Today’s claim of three recent, serious accidents is petrifying.
Zhirovov’s death was not the first accident of that kind. In 2008 a 20-year-old student Aleksey Palevsky died in Tula after falling from a 20-meter-high concrete structure, while 18-year-old Aleksey Trantsev lost his hand after an electrical shock.
For comparison, the Shelby Logan’s Run accident is the only serious one I have heard of before.
Also — can anyone shed light on the globally-known urban game Encounter? Is it this game network with claims of over 80.000 players in Russia and other respectable numbers in Belarus, Ukraine and elsewhere…? This video features at least Encounter T-Shirts, but Russian beats me.
Looking for a Russian-speaking reader want to contribute to data hunting? Hopefully we can report back on these things once we know more.