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Report (Permission Visit) 'Rubryka' Transmission Center – Belarus, May 2014


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
this is my first post here. As a kind of introduction I'd like to present you former Soviet transmission center, codename 'Rubryka' ('Рубрика'). It literally means 'rubric' or 'heading'.

The complex is not operating anymore, but remains under control of Belorussian government. However I managed to contact with owners and they agreed me to visit it.

Rubryka is hidden somewhere in Biełowieża Forest, about 30 km from Polish-Belorussian (former Polish-Soviet) border.

Not much is known about the history of the complex. It was built in 1968-71 and was operating until 1991. The purpose was to maintain communication with Soviet troops operating in other countries of the Warsaw Pact: Poland, Czechoslovakia, DDR, even Cuba.



Three diesel engines (~500 kW each) were providing electrical energy



Ventilation system



Control panel – the heart of the complex



The guard told me quite much about how this object was working, but sadly I didn't understand many of these details. My Russian is not enough to fully understand specific technical/engineering vocabulary.


Fresh air tanks. This place could operate in full isolation mode. Stored air was enough for 300 people for 3 days.


Transmission center



The complex remains closed and guarded. There were plans to transform it into a museum, but due to complicated legal status they didn't succeed.



28DL Regular User
Regular User
Excellent report, and nice find mate.

I like that telephone exchange!