The Most Unusual Underground in the World


Lebedyan town in Lipetsk region is known for the greatest juice producing plant in Eastern Europe, but very few people know that the most unique and weird underground station in the world is located there as well. It was constructed just 2 meters beneath the surface of the earth. The works began in 1984, and 166 people were eager to start as soon as possible, but when they learnt that the money would come only when the construction paid for itself, they all backtracked in a second. So, the whole project was to be implemented by the one who brought it up, Leonid Muliarchik.




A self-made concrete mixer for making mortar. The site is wired for electricity (for work – 12 volts and for common purposes – 220 volts). This underground has all required papers and licenses, and except for the transport function Muliarchik is going to lay on water supply and drains for the residents of the area.


Now we are heading to the  main tunnel, the arch design can carry the load of 60-ton lorry doing over it outside (that’s according to the local expert report). The height of the main tunnel is nearly 150 cm.


Here is a hole in the wall in case the owners of the neighboring house would need to have a metro of their own, leading right into their dwelling.


On the average, Leonid spends one day one constructing one meter of the tunnel and three days more on concreting the walls and the ceiling. The project is financially supported by Leonid, who spends most of his retired pay on purchasing the building materials.


The concept is that when the tunnel is ready, there will be several small all-automated cars, which are meant to carry three or four people at a time. It’ll be like you push a button, and get to the other side of the tunnel (or to the station you want to get to).


We walk along the main tunnel, 100 meters are behind and now we turn left, to the first technical tunnel. Here we see a pumping facility, which gets water from a well 70 meters far from the spot. There is also a little boiler room a few meters from that place. This boiling room can heat only four houses, but the builder left some space on the right for a big boiler installation able to heat up to 20 houses.


These stairs lead from Leonid’s house to the underground. That’s quite nice, isn’t it?


This is the first tunnel dug by the builder. The first tunnel in the project. The ceiling here is very low, just a meter high or so.




Let’s get back to the main entrance in the parallel tunnel. Its walls and ceiling are plastered as requireв according to the fire safety standards. Leonid has a nice idea: he wants to rent it out for clubbing – some fantastic, psychedelic parties underground would help him make some money for the construction to be carried on. It has all things needed – space to make girls’ and boys’ rest-rooms and a bar.



Leonid plans to have everything ready in a few years and make it useful for local people. Maybe, the place will also attract bunches of tourists, and at last this project will turn to be a paying concern. As for now it just takes the money, and gives back nothing but trouble. Still, Leonid likes it.




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18 thoughts on “The Most Unusual Underground in the World”

  1. That’s all because of evil Westerners. They want to nuke Russia, that’s why Russian have to hide under the ground.

    • A Russian, a Frenchman and an Englishman argued about Adam’s nationality.

      The Frenchman said, “Of course Adam was French. Look how passionately he made love to Eve!”

      The Englishman said, “Of course Adam was British. Look how he gave his only apple to the lady, like a real gentleman.”

      The Russian said, “Of course Adam only could be Russian. Who else, possessing nothing but a sole apple, and walking with a naked ass, still believed he was in a paradise?”

    • Sure,they drink too much vodka in Russia. Vodka is the Russian alcoholic beverage of choice. I worked in russia and I was stunned by the varieties of vodka available, not only the men, even the girls drink in their parks or at home. A girl told me that even the kids want to drink vodka: they lose their mind when they see a bottle of vodka or smell it: there are already alcoholics because of their mothers were drinking when they were pregnants: That s in the blood.

  2. At first glance I thought the tunnel was build in the 1980s on the border of Soviet Union and West Germany that is used by people to escape to West Germany.

  3. Leonid is the man of the year ! Perseverance! Motivation! The will to succeed !! If only more Russians would have these talents the country would soar and be prosperous again!!! Keep up the good work Leonid!

  4. that “water heater” looks like it has explosive charges
    set on it… your right Russia Russia, we want to blow everything up 😀

    • You must live in America. I know here they would not have allowed such an act of independant effort and thought to progress so far.

  5. Leonid is a hero. He has a passion, is motivated and works hard. If more Russians would be like him, the country would be a very different country. A country with a future.

  6. Leonid is my hero! Forget the troubles, everybody has troubles, but nobody except visionaries (OK, and evil geniuses, but that’s pretty gnarly, too) build their own subways! Forget using it as a clubber’s haven (you’ll never get the smell of cheap men’s cologne outta the place. Turn it into a first private/public mixed use local transportation system / haunted mine ride! Yes! I take it that the blue-and-rust building with the funky retro iron work is the tunnel head? PERFECT! Looks like faded modernism at it’s finest! And the dangerous half slide down to the entrance is just the right touch. Then, after the rubes , uh, that is, the paying customers finish their scary ride, they take that almost-but-not-quite-but-easily-made-to-be double paddle wheel boat out on the lake. Dude, really, you are sitting on a themed entertainment goldmine! Get the local juice company involved, like Hershey Park in the US of A. Go for it, Leonid!

  7. “greatest juice producing plant in Eastern Europe” – I’d really love to see some pictures of this juicing plant. Not that these photo’s aren’t fantastic.

  8. Great story! I would like to see prototypes of subway cars, but it seems that this great visioner have stuck on the tunnels.. I hope his gonna make it before he die.

  9. I think the tunnel project is very interesting! At least one man is doing something to realize his dreams and it may yet be benefit to everyone in his hometown. I don’t think we have anybody here in the states who would ever work that hard! Keep up the good work!


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