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Instagram Post: Khovrinskaya Abandoned Hospital

One of the darkest and most famous unfinished buildings in Moscow.

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Khovrinsky hospital, appearing in urban legends as HZB, began to be built in the early 80s in the north of Moscow. It was planned as a modern medical center, capable of simultaneously accepting 1300 patients from all over the USSR. It was partially equipped with furniture and equipment when construction was frozen: according to various sources, from lack of funding or because a serious mistake was made during construction, and the 11-storey building began to sink, and its basements filled with water.

After the collapse of the USSR, the territory of HZB was not guarded, and it quickly became a Mecca of Moscow stalkers and graffiti lovers. At the same time a huge unfinished construction began to become overgrown with legends. Hovrinke was credited with black masses, orgy of satanists and homeless people, the appearance of ghosts, the mysterious disappearances of careless teens, whose corpses were then allegedly found unfinished in the corridors, and other grim stories, including rumors of secret experiments within its walls. After the release of the film “Resident Evil”, the HZB was for some time dubbed “Ambrella” – this was facilitated by the unusual shape of the building, which resembles a sign of biological danger from a bird’s-eye view.

At least one death in the walls of HZB was indeed registered – 16-year-old Alexey Krayushkin jumped into the elevator shaft due to prolonged depression and unrequited love.

In the early 2000s, they started talking about the possibility of reconstruction of unfinished construction, but the work has not begun. In 2017, director Sergei Kuznetsov made a horror film about HZB, but he never came out on the screens.

In the same year, it was announced that the hospital would be demolished, and in its place, housing would be built according to the Moscow renovation program. On October 23, preparatory work for demolition began on the territory of the HZB. Plan to complete dismantling by March 2019.

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