Moscow graveyards upgraded to include free Wi-Fi

Visitors to Novodevichy, Troyekurovskoye and Vagankovo cemeteries will have access to free Wi-Fi starting sometime next year, so that they can 'unwind' among the dead.

Officials hope visitors will 'Google Gogol' when they visit Russian writer's grave

Troyekurovskoye cemetery in Moscow is one of the graveyards that will offer free Wi-Fi. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA)

Imagine standing in a Moscow graveyard late at night. You're alone, with no bars on your phone and desperately curious about Russian author Anton Chekov.

It's an unlikely horror movie scenario, but it's one Moscow is preparing for by introducing free Wi-Fi to three major cemeteries.

Visitors to Novodevichy, Troyekurovskoye, and Vagankovo cemeteries will have access to free Wi-Fi starting sometime next year, according to French news service Agence France-Presse.

These are the city's historic burial grounds, which collectively hold the remains of Soviet Union leader Nikita Khruschchev, writer Nikolai Gogol and author Anton Chekov. 

Who's Nikolai Gogol? Ritual, the funeral service that manages the city's cemeteries, believes that if a visitor happens to be walking by his grave and that question pops into their head, they should be able to Google Gogol. 

"People often come and find themselves standing in front of a grave and want to know more about the person lying there," Lilya Lvovskaya told AFP

Artyom Yekimov, also from Ritual, told The Associated Press that Wi-Fi will help temporary denizens "unwind" at certain points on their rounds. 

The company doesn't intend to stop with just those three cemeteries. If it's popular, they hope to expand internet access to the city's remaining 133 graveyards.

About 120,000 people are buried in those graveyards annually, with about eight million graves in total.


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