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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Food for 50 Days in a Glass Box

Itar-TassAgasi Vartanyan sitting in a self-constructed box in the Leningrad region town of Shlisselburg on Wednesday.
A 46-year-old man in the Leningrad region is attempting to break a world record by fasting for 50 days.

Agasi Vartanyan of Shlisselburg, a town on the Neva River near St. Petersburg, has been fasting in an elevated, glass-encased box since Aug. 27, St. Petersburg-based newspaper Smena reported this week.

After losing his job as a construction worker, Vartanyan realized that he would be going hungry for a while anyway, so he decided to make the best of a bad situation, Smena said.

Vartanyan built the structure himself and stocked it with 150 liters of drinking water, 50 packs of cigarettes, an electric heater, bedding, changes of clothing and an icon.

The large box, which is situated near a statue of Peter the Great, has become a local attraction, Smena reported.

Newly married couples who visit the tsar's statue often have their photograph taken in front of Vartanyan's temporary home.

Vartanyan is also soliciting money during his fast.

He promises to donate half of all proceeds to a local veterans' organization.