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New Year countdown will be launched at Moscow’s Ostankino TV

December 21, 2014, 2:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Father Frost’s appearance is supposed to come as a real surprise for the tower’s visitors
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MOSCOW, December 21 /TASS/. A New Year countdown will start at Moscow’s Ostankino tower, Europe’s tallest TV tower, on Sunday. Farther Frost, who will pay a special visit to the tower on Sunday, will set a clock mechanism, whose parameters have so far been kept secret, in motion.

Father Frost’s appearance is supposed to come as a real surprise for the tower’s visitors.

Father Frost and his guests will rise at an altitude of 337 meters to the TV tower’s observation platform shortly after the timer has been set in motion.

According to the event’s organizers, millions of Muscovites and guests of the capital will be able to count down days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining till the New Year.

New Year countdowns are traditionally launched at most famous architectural buildings in Europe and Asia during the last few days of an outdoing year. Such events usually attract millions of people from various parts of the globe.

But the Kremlin’s Spasskaya tower remains the main symbol announcing the arrival of the New Year in Russia. Though the tower itself is currently being renovated and is surrounded by scaffolding, the renovators will leave the clock mechanism untouched so that the Russians could hear the familiar chime at midnight on December 31.

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