The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run


In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the height of the Cold War.

It is thought to be the headquarters of a radio station, “MDZhB”, that no-one has ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.

Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz.

I love these odd little stories.

  • Mo
    • Regigiygas

      That was my first thought as well. Man is that a fascinating subject!

      • Mo

        Hell, yes.

    • That Lost episode came to mind immediately. Then I thought, this is non-fiction and the ending will be better.

      • Mo


  • Regigiygas

    Link – sorry about the broken link, I’m not entirely cert

    Just in case any of you need a quick way to tune into the 4625, the buzzer station.

  • brucej

    Numbers station. There are a bunch of them.

  • J.

    The podcast 99% Invisible did an episode on this subject around four years ago:

    Great piece!