Saturday Jul 29, 2023

Urbex 96 - Arrested for espionage, life in Albanian prison, the story of Lana Sator

In this episode, we have the privilege of welcoming Lana Sator, a remarkable Russian urban explorer, photographer, and blogger. During the interview, Lana courageously shares the harrowing events that unfolded during her time in Albania, shedding light on her arrest, detention, and the nine months she spent in an Albanian prison. Additionally, she candidly discusses the unjust solitary confinement she endured.

With great detail, we explore the step-by-step accounts of what transpired on that fateful day at the abandoned Gramsh factory. Despite her challenging circumstances, Lana has been ordered to remain in Albania with her passport confiscated until the investigation concludes. Moreover, she has applied for refugee status due to baseless charges she faces in her native Russia, making returning there impossible.

Nevertheless, Lana's unwavering optimism and positivity throughout these hardships serve as a true inspiration to urban explorers everywhere. Join us as we delve into Lana Sator's extraordinary journey, providing insights into her resilience and the indomitable human spirit.

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Instagram: lanasator

Lana's blog:

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Why 'urbex explorers' don't share exact locations here:

Intro song is Watcha Gon' Do is performed by Chris Shards [EPIDEMIC SOUND MUSIC LICENSE]. Rapid fire round background songs are: Greaser by TrackTribe and a tune composed by New Jersey explorer dragonboyac

Listnerer discretion announcement at the beginning of the episode was done by Adrian Wunderler-Selby.

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