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The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2033 novel. The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2033 video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Last Light video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

 Tower has other uses. Please see Tower (Disambiguation) for other meanings. 

In the novel and the video game Metro 2033, Ostankino Tower (Russian: Останкинская телебашня) has a prominent role, being the epicentre for the final act of the story. Artyom has to reach the highest point to get a clear view of the Dark Ones' hive, and signal in the missile strike from D6.


Ostankino Tower, or Останкинская телебашня in Russian (Ostankinskaya telebashnya), is a free-standing television and radio tower in Moscow. It stands 540 metres (1772 ft) tall and was designed by Nikolai Nikitin. Until 1976, it was the tallest single standing structure in the world. On August 27, 2000 there was a fire accident killing 4 people: 3 firefighters and a woman who was in charge of the elevator controls. In the Metro universe, Ostankino Tower is severely damaged and deteriorating. However, it's still standing and is one of the highest points in post-apocalyptic Moscow. Despite being near the epicenter of the explosion, the tower is not completely destroyed. The tower itself is very dilapidated, and most of the internal structures such as the stairs and elevators have been completely ruined. It's unknown how Miller and Artyom get down from the top, as the stairs have been destroyed, and even when the elevator is functional, it would be very volatile or dangerous.

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In the level "Ashes", Ostankino Tower can be seen in the background of the level. While never directly appearing as a location to move to, Ostankino Tower is seen in a flashback during Artyom's trek through the River of Fate to find a Dark One.

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  • It has the largest population of demons in the game (most likely due to its height allowing the demons to nest and escape from predators, as none of the other mutant species can fly or would unlikely be able to climb that high).
  • Most of the upper half of the tower has been damaged or completely destroyed, with many stairways, railings, and even entire walls missing or in a state of complete dilapidation.
  • Sometimes, when approaching the tower, the highest points may be invisible and will reappear the closer you get to it. This is because the tower is so large, the top half is outside of the game's draw distance.
  • In The Gospel According to Artyom, Artyom, Pavel, and Ulman simply climb down a ladder and back into the Metro after the destruction of the Dark Ones.