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Russians willing to pay $1,000 per ticket will be able to spend the supposed "end of the world" on Friday, Dec. 21 partying in an underground Soviet-era bunker in Moscow.
"The idea is pretty simple: many people would feel much calmer if they could spend this critical day being surrounded with maximum comfort and safety," Alexei Pavlovsky, a tour guide at Bunker No. 42, told the Telegraph.
"And who are we to say no when we have 56 meters (61 yards) of ground above us and a well 100 meters (109 yards) below us. There's also a pumping system and ventilation," the guide added.
Bunker No. 42 was built in 1956 for the purpose of protecting Soviet leaders from a nuclear attack. The bunker, which has served as a museum open to the public since 2006, is located 183 feet underground in central Moscow.
The party will start at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 20 and run for 24 hours, as 300 privileged people may divulge in exploring the museum, hearing talks on the end of the world, and watching movies.
According to the New York Daily News, there will even be a "survival event," where participants are given enough canned food to last six months.
"We think we have already made our contribution to the continuation of the human race," said Nikita Lytkin, a marketing coordinator helping to organize the doomsday bunker event, according to the New York Daily News.
Those wishing to imbibe during the supposed end of the world may pay a higher price for VIP treatment, according to The Moscow Times.
Moscow won't be the only city partaking in the Dec. 21 doomsday prediction. Several cities throughout the U.S. and abroad will be holding events, including a 5K "Doomsday Race" in Omaha, Neb.
Some believe Dec. 21, 2012, marks the end of the world because it is the end of the earth's 5,125-year-long cycle, according to the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar -- although NASA, the U.S. government, and experts in Mayan culture have insisted otherwise.