Rizhskaya (Russian: Рижская) or Riga Station is a station in the novel Metro 2033, as well as the videogame. It is a major part of the VDNKh Commonwealth, as it connects the alliance with the rest of the metro. The station carries the same name as the capital and biggest city of Latvia (a Baltic and post-Soviet state), but the name of the station probably isn't a reference to the city - instead it must have been named after the Riga Flower Market that sits a few steps away from the station.
Riga station is a member of the new VDNKh alliance and is known to be a poorer rundown station, needing aid and protection. The station seems to have an overcrowding problem, which is seen by going down the area known as 'The Black Street'. Many of the residents live in very small houses, barely big enough for the owners. The floor is covered in mud, and the back entrance is not even guarded. Prostitution is known to occur as Nikki will attempt to seduce Artyom while he is in the area. In one diary entry Artyon calls the station unlucky stating that in Exhibition the dwellers coming from Riga always used to be in trouble, the station pigs usually get sick (revealing that the station has its own stye just like Exhibition), they deal with ceiling problems and their merchants sometimes drink all their earnings away. But Artyom limits himself to say that they are just clumsy.
In the game the station is very small, although several areas are not accessible. A small bar that deals mostly in Shroom Vodka takes up the top floor of the station, but seems to be built up, rather than a raised section from the original station. Below there is a small vendor area, that sells a variety of weapons and equipment. There is a main office area, the equivalent of Alex's office in Exhibition. A man that has a very similar appearance to Alex can be seen in the office, but this would be impossible to be him (this discrepancy was fixed in Redux with the man receiving his own model).
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- It is hinted in one journal entry that the Dark Ones didn't go so far into the metro to reach Riga, therefore few in the station had ever heard of them and the ones that do didn't believe it.
- It is possible to see groups of people traveling on foot by on the side of the rail between Riga and Alekseyevskaya suggesting that the main tunnel is indeed well protected by the newly formed VDNKh Commonwealth.
- There is a shooting range in Riga just under the bar you start the chapter with the same name. There you can look at the box at the middle of the counter and pay 5 MGR to start shooting rats that will show at the range. At the end of the trial you will be rewarded with some MGR that may vary depending on the difficulty.
- Note that after the box with the reward opens another box with a green button will open as well. This you can press to start the infinite mode where the rats you appear indefinitely and no reward is offered at the end, to end the mode just press the green button again.