Stalker – the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Several years ago, after the release of a computer game “Stalker”, a new movement appeared among Russian youths. The so-called stalkers are mainly 14-20-year-old students who are fond of drinking cheap stuff like “Jaguar” in various abandoned, secret or simply unusual places. As the fans of the previously mentioned game, stalkers do not forget to create the appropriate atmosphere – they put on camouflage, take portable radio transmitters, gas masks, guns and a lot of other junk with themselves.

As a general rule, the lion’s share of equipment isn’t bought but stolen from unguarded shelters and warehouses. They call the stolen things “swag” (like in the game). So everything that is not bolted to the floor and does not exceed the lifting capabilities of a schoolboy is called in this way.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

That’s how an average stalker looks.

1. There is a hood on his head, sometimes a cap with the GSC logo.

2. Red eyes resulted from playing “Stalker” for a long time.

3. Frail physique because of the same reason.

4. He’s not going to serve in the army.

5. He wears his father’s military trousers to look like any real stalker.

6. He sees anomaly in every bush, in every pool.

7. For this case he has a handful of bolts in his pocket. His cellphone’s memory is filled with photos of his forays into “areas” and pictures of a game.

8. He wears the same boots as in the game.

9. A gas mask from the neighboring store. A stalker is not a stalker without it.

10. A t-shirt is twice bigger than his size.

11. He’s sure that it’s possible to get rid of radiation if you eat several yellow kits.

12. He desires to visit Chernobyl.

13. Actually, all he knows about Chernobyl is that there is radiation there.

14. He never has a girlfriend. Stalkers are all unisexual.

15. Once heard of Strugatsky and Tarkovsky.

16. Tried to see the great work of this film director (Tarkovsky) but didn’t succeed as there were no leeches in this film.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

But in reality they look like this.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

The essence of their work is not very diverse:
– Come to the object.
– Take many pictures of it.
– Booze.
– Booze heavily.
– Booze till they become unconscious.
– Take pictures of themselves after they got drunk.
– Unscrew, break, steal or burn something.
– Go home.
– Download pictures in the Internet.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Recently, some regular stalkers have posted the photos from their booze in one of the once fully functional shelters of Moscow. Today we have a unique chance to assess the influence of this movement on the Russian youth looking at these “before” and “after” photographs.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

This is an archive photo. It is a shelter where 1000 people could hide themselves in case of emergency. This room served as a library.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

And this is how it looks now.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

A classroom. 2 years ago it looked like this. Then stalkers came here…

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Once fully staffed, with lighting, electricity, communications and equipment, the classroom looks like this now.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

A corridor “before”…

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

And “after”.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

After looting the object is burnt.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Picnics can also be a great fun for stalkers. To make a fire they use those white bags that are in huge amounts on the floor. These are individual anti-gas packages.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

As you can see the warehouse of these packages is looted.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

A poisonous substance.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Except for stalkers, there are some marginal elements who also search for some “swag”. They saw batteries, water supply systems and other sanitary crap with the help of an autogenous welder, rend the internal armoring of bunkers and bomb shelters and cut off their wiring and cables.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

A picnic site.

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Stalker - the New Disease of Russian Youngsters

Remains of the library.

Now 80% of all bomb shelters and bunkers are either looted or burnt…

via zyalt

30 thoughts on “Stalker – the New Disease of Russian Youngsters”

  1. They look like they survived after WW3 and mutated. Very very horrible generation. As we say Generation P,but i’ll call it Generation Pizdets.

  2. I totally agree! Exploring and Destroying is not the SAME!
    Urban Explorer`s rule No.1

    “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs”!

    What do you think?

    Stefan

    • Sounds like when we went camping as children, teenagers and adults. We never left any litter behind, never destroyed anything and always made sure the cookfire was put out with water.

      I hope you have been having a wonderful birthday AN, if it is today.

  3. What a bunch of A holes, those are perfectly good shelters they are destroying. What’s going to happen if disaster happen for real.

  4. I don’t know I’d want to run around being called a “stalker”….. ’round these parts, that’s a bad name.

    But I’m betting those “kids” would be burning places like this even without the game. At that age, “kids”, simply want to be destructive and care not for the contents or the expense.

    I did my share of stuff, but not to this degree. This is pretty out of control.

    But you know, it’s sad, pain is about the only thing they will understand. If you explain it to them, they won’t understand. if you complain to them, it’ll only make them want to do it more. If you threaten them, it’ll only get worse.

    Catch them, make them destroy their own computers, and make sure they can’t own any more for say a year or more. If they’re caught with one, jail and double the time they can’t own (or use) a computer. Catch them again, double it again (4X).

    Once they experience the withdrawal of no computers, no games, no nothing, they’ll stop.

    Either that, or break their fingers so they can’t use one.

  5. omfg)))) stop trolling!=)
    such subject as “A poisonous substance.” is just ИПП-8А – individual anti-gas package=)

  6. Pretty cool to see the youth actually going out and doing something rather than sit on facebook or on MW2 getting fat.

  7. Yes! lets light a fire in a confined space AND inhale the smoke, what could go wrong? Also I think I read somewhere that the old style gas masks are dangerous to use now.

  8. Looting bomb shelters? Damned teens. I’m 20. I am fond of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I do urban exploration every now and then. One of the core values of it is to preserve, not destroy. Tarkovsky does not glorify violence, nor did “A roadside picnic”. Please, understand that these are the works of drunk children, not of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s.

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