Russian daredevil Alex Pykhov due to be released after death-defying jump ‘disturbs public order’ in China

Extreme sportsman in custody for 10 days over leap from Beijing’s tallest building

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 5:55pm

A Russian daredevil is expected to be released on Thursday, 10 days after being detained in Beijing for parachuting off the city’s tallest building.

Alex Pykhov, 33, parachuted off Beijing’s 108-storey partially built Citic Tower on April 1, posting a photo of the feat on his Instagram account droprope_khv. 

The photo, posted at 10am on April 1, shows Pykhov during the descent from the 528-metre-high skyscraper.

Once completed, the tower, known as China Zun, will be 190 metres taller than China World Trade Centre Tower III, the previous record holder in the capital.

Pykhov was detained for 10 days on April 2, according to police in Beijing’s downtown Chaoyang district.

District police detained Pykhov for disturbing public order, the authorities said in a statement.

“A foreign man parachuted from a building under construction in Chaoyang district,” Chaoyang police said. “Because of a disturbance to public order ... he has been detained for 10 days.”

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Pykhov was last active on Vk.com, a Russian-based social media page, on April 3. 

Previous posts show the Russian jumping off the 604-metre Canton Tower in Guangzhou as well as climbing various buildings in Russia and Thailand. 

On March 30, he posted a photograph of Beijing’s CCTV building, alerting followers he was planning to jump in the area.

The global trend of rooftopping, where people risk their lives to scale skyscrapers, has resulted in tragedy. In December, 26-year-old online star and rooftopper Wu Yongning was confirmed dead after  he fell from the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, Hunan province.

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