Monday, August 29, 2016


Why Did The Russian Tank Cross The Road?

I brake for tanks.
I brake for tanks.
Video compilations from Russia showcasing examples of dangerous driving and appalling accidents are all the rage on YouTube these days. (We've highlighted a few of them ourselves in this space.)

And the latest dash-cam video making the rounds only adds to the perception that Russian streets are, indeed, a battleground.

The video was shot in the central Russian city of Nizhny Tagil and shows a typically busy street with cars traveling in both directions. That is, until a massive Russian tank blasts through a snowbank and crosses the road at high speed, just a few meters in front of other cars, before disappearing stage left.

What appears, at first, to be some sort of tank hijacking caught on video turns out to be much more prosaic. Nizhny Tagil is the home of Uralvagonzavod, the largest main battle-tank factory in the world.

The press service for the factory tells Russia's NTV that the tank did not violate any traffic codes. Indeed, the car from which the video is shot can be seen to have stopped at a red light, while the cars ahead appear to have ignored the traffic signal.
"The drivers of those cars that did not stop at the crossroads and ignored the red light were in the wrong. The tank had a green light. On the video it is clear that a red light was showing for the car."

Uralvagonzavod said the appearance of a tank should come as no surprise, as a special road for the vehicles intersects the highway at precisely this point.

Judging by the video, however, the special tank road has no posted speed limit.

-- Grant Podelco & Tom Balmforth
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 29, 2013 08:09
Ah, this Russia - just a horrible country, where tanks cross roads on every possible and impossible occasion killing hundreds of innocent civilians each time :-)))...
I mean, I really feel pity for you, guys: Hillary Clinton told you to find something negative on Russia, but as long as nothing fundamentally negative is happening, you have to waste your time looking for some crapy videos in the youtube to demonstrate how "horrible" the life there is.
Why don't you, guys, for a change report on the following interesting fact instead: Raúl Castro, the Cuban President whose ouster all sorts of cheap Western media have been promising FOR DECADES, is doing so well that yesterday he for the first time in history became the head of the Community of Latin American and Carribean States (CELAC). This fact is interesting, because it demonstrates how irrelevant and unable to achieve anything at all the US has become over the last 15 years: the Latin American states - that the Beavuses for about a century thought of as their "backyard" - spit on the US that openly nowadays that they elect someone from the Castro family to be their president... And the only thing you can do in the meantime is helplessly watching on and trying to divert people's attention by posting some video on your cheap web-site :-)).

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 29, 2013 14:49
:-)) By the way, did you, guys, just "borrow" the story from the RT? Here is their original video related to the "incident": Only in Russia! Tanks & jets buzz dash-cams in viral vid wave:

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