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Moscow's prominent cemeteries will get free WiFi

Starting next year, visitors can do their research right within the graveyards.
Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
December 12, 2015
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Remember this next time you're stuck in a place with no internet connection: even some cemeteries in Moscow will offer free WiFi visitors can use starting in 2016. These are no ordinary graveyards, though -- Novodevichy, Troyekurovskoye and Vagankovo are the most prominent in the city, and where a number of the country's most recognizable citizens were buried. In fact, that's the exact reason why the local government has decided to install "zones of psychological comfort," or simply WiFi hotspots for the rest of us browsing the internet outside of burial grounds, within these three locations.

Officials want to make it easy for history geeks and any curious visitor to locate famous people's graves, such as Russian President Boris Yeltsin's in Novodevichy. In addition, since these particular cemeteries are steeped in history, they're now treated much "like open-air museums." Moscow's city-run funeral service spokesperson Lilya Lvovskaya told AFP that a lot of people "come and find themselves standing in front of a grave and want to know more about the person lying there." Obviously, the best place to look for answers is the internet, and with the "zones of psychological comfort" in place, visitors don't need to wait until they're home to google information.

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