Ostankino is the Moscow Television tower. Four people were cooked in an elevator August 28th 2000.
  • Opened in 1967
  • World's second tallest free-standing structure
  • Height 540 metres (1,771 feet)
  • 3 Dining rooms
  • Broadcasts 30 TV and radio stations

Not only could the fire be seen from all over the city, but with no television, noone knew what was really happening. Was it another coup? Just a publicity stunt? People can get pannicky very quickly when their usual information sources are unavailable.