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Google uses terrifying video of Siberian roofer on top of skyscraper

By Anna Liesowska
12 March 2015

Footage of Novosibirsk man standing on top of 632m-tall Shanghai Tower becomes latest advert for Internet search engine.

During the video, which has gone viral across Russia, Novosibirsk roofer Vadim Makhorov is shown asking the height of the building in a voice command to Google. Picture: Vadim Makhorov

A thrilling video of a roofer from Siberia standing at the top of the Shanghai Tower has been used by Google Russia to advertise a new product. Shot last year during the construction of the giant 632 metre-tall Chinese skyscraper, it now promotes the 'OK Google' application for mobile phones.

Entitled 'How you can use your voice at an altitude of 632 metres', it demonstrates how the American-based search engine can be used in any place, at any time. During the video, which has gone viral across Russia, Novosibirsk roofer Vadim Makhorov is shown asking the height of the building in a voice command to Google.

And in a humorous moment, he is then heard saying: 'Mama will be shocked. I hope she will not see this video.'

Shanghai Tower


Shanghai Tower


Shanghai Tower


Shanghai Tower

 Shot last year during the construction of the giant 632 metre-tall Chinese skyscraper, the video now promotes the 'OK Google' application for mobile phones. Pictures: Vadim Makhorov

Mr Makhorov said the company contacted him and his partner Vitaly Raskalov and bought the rights to the clip of them scaling the tower – which they did without any safety mechanisms.

It has become the first in a new series of commercials for Google, but the roofers did not say how much money they were paid for the footage. Almost one million people have viewed the advert on the Google Russia channel over the past five days.

The original video with the climbing on Shanghai Tower was posted by Makhorov and Raskalov on YouTube on February 12, 2014. It has been viewed almost 41 million times.

Comments (2)

All the pictures are very interesting and full of adventure got experience with Rubber Roof Repair that is DIY product and simple to use. But honestly I can’t take that type of risky roofing hat has been shown.
Lisa, USA
01/05/2015 13:44
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I just finished viewing the original video. Amazing! What daredevils Mr. Makhorov and Mr. Raskolov are! So worthy of Siberia!.
E. Espinosa, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
14/03/2015 09:59
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