By on March 16, 2010

From the “how did we miss this?” file comes this story of Russian police pulling motorists over and using them to create a human roadblock. This incident built on anger in the wake of another recent incident [via the NY Times] in which the vice president of Lukoil apparently bribed police to cover up an accident in which his Mercedes crashed into a Citroen, killing two passengers. That incident inspired Russian rapper Noize MC to make this song, cleverly named “Mercedes S666.” As we noted the last time we covered the messy confrontations between Russia’s motorists and police, these incidents put the political problems of American motorists into much-needed context. We still have a lot to be grateful for.

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7 Comments on “Russian Traffic Police Use Motorists As Human Roadblock...”

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    lol russian police

    i would call them keystone cops but they have vodka and OMON and AK47s… and Beslan (which sorta makes Waco look kinda ‘measured’)

    hey how about that other one where they were trying to pull over Russian mafia in a dark Merc M Class

    so their favoured technique is to pull over EVERY M Class… and throw in a flashbang!

    seriously? they teach that in SWAT school?

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    oh and nice 430… well it used to be nice i guess

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    I lived in Moscow for five years and drove a Lada Zhiguli 06. This is far from the worst I’ve seen.


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    What, if I may ask were you doing in Moscow.

    And yes, we do have a lot to be grateful for. And a responsibility to work to preserve it.

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    In Putinist Russia, YOU protect and serve the police!

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    Mr Carpenter

    The Russians are the Russians are the Russians, and don’t appear to be able or willing to fundamentally change.

    I recently started reading this book entitled

    The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    Amazon sums up the story: “Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history.”

    The thing is, the atrocities foisted on these people were so awful that I eventually gave up reading the book. Too upsetting.

    Not forgetting that “Papa Joe” Stalin murdered at least 55 million in the name of The Party, which made you-know-who in Germany a mere amateur, “only” being responsible for 11 million dead including 6 million Jews.

    Russians deserve Russia in the same way that Americans deserve America. Except that we Americans are without as much excuse; we supposedly are self-determining, whereas the Russians have a bad habit of just following orders by their “betters”. At least the American system had a good run of over 200 years….

    Who was it that said that societies don’t die off, they commit suicide?

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      Not forgetting that “Papa Joe” Stalin murdered at least 55 million in the name of The Party, which made you-know-who in Germany a mere amateur, “only” being responsible for 11 million dead including 6 million Jews.

      Actually, Stalin’s numbers are generally regarded to be a paltry couple of million – percentage-wise, only about half to one percent of the Soviet population at the time, give or take.

      Herr Hitler, on the other hand, managed to wipe out about 66% of the Jews in all of Europe, which meant that your chances of survival as a European Jew were substantially worse than if you were an RAF pilot during the battle of Britain, a first-wave infantryman at Normandy, or a chopper pilot during three tours of ‘nam.

      Stalin was a right bastard, no doubt, but there’s a damn good reason the Holocaust stands apart from other sundry dictators’ dabblings in extermination.

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