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Hovercraft Landing Joins List Of Odd Videos Out Of Russia


Just another day at the beach in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

At first glance, it looks like a clip from a Jerry Bruckheimer film -- fun to watch, but more likely the product of a Hollywood studio than a real-life Russian beach scene.

Or not.

A video showing all 500,000 kilograms of a military hovercraft beaching among Russian tourists is apparently authentic.

WATCH: Russian military hovercraft crashes the beach party.


Russian news reports say the amphibious ship, nicknamed "Bison," coasted ashore in a village in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea port lying between Poland and Lithuania.

According to the Russian daily "Komsomolskaya pravda," a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said the hovercraft was simply beaching in "wild waters."

"What people were doing on a beach in a region of military training is not clear," he added.

The hovercraft video is just the most recent in a growing list of rather odd user-generated videos from Russia that have come about largely thanks to the proliferation of dashboard cameras. Here are some highlights:

WATCH: The sudden tank crossing, in the working-class city of Nizhny Tagil


WATCH: The surprise air show by a Russian fighter jet, near the southern city of Volgograd


WATCH: The most nonchalant meteor sighting ever, in the city of Chelyabinsk


WATCH: The parasailing donkey, at a tourist resort near Krasnodar

-- Glenn Kates

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