27 News From Russian Roads, Part 24

News From Russian Roads, Part 24

Posted on December 22, 2010 by team

Some say it's madness while others support the idea. Anyway you can see by yourselves how contraband cars are destroyed in Russia.

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27 Responses to “News From Russian Roads, Part 24”

  1. Juan Brujo says:

    Que terrible desperdicio!

  2. Marked One says:

    We do the same in the UK. They should be destroyed or sold or they just end up back in the hands of criminals.

    Or do like it when the police can commandeer such property though. Imagine if the cops had decent cars?

  3. R says:


    What a way to break my heart.
    Was there no way to auction it?
    Or take it for Police purposes?

  4. Hartmut says:

    No problem, people from poland can fix it!

  5. Leibstandarte says:

    Things what russians make good at least – is destruction. If they cant make good car on your own, this is not solution

  6. DeepEye says:

    What a waste..

  7. Valery says:

    Idiocy in Russia is infinite.

    They cannot even think of donating those cars (or proceeds of their sale) to orphanages, community centers etc…

  8. DougW says:

    Contraband how? I’d at least re purpose the cars for police or state vehicle.

  9. Lex says:

    Yeah, destroy those Yodas, they are JUNK anyways!

  10. SSSR says:

    I am sure that any Russian city other than Moscow could use the money from a auction.In the states there are always nice cars that could be had for thousands under book.

  11. Baron says:

    did they make the owner watch the distraction?

  12. NeuroManson says:

    What makes the car illegal? It appears to simply be a brand new car with no modifications (the keys were still in their original bags!). Did someone import it without paying taxes? And yeah, what everyone else says, why doesn’t the police make use of the cars, or auction them off and give the proceeds to social programs that would obviously need it?

    • Doomer says:

      Russia has enormous tax for imported cars which is 48% of the customs price of a car for majority of imported cars

      If you manged to get foreign car inside Russia w/o paying customs duty – this car becomes illegal

      • NeuroManson says:

        Ah, bummer that. Hate to see a brand new car get demolished just to make a point. They likely could have made far more selling the car on auction than they could have made from taxes. Truly a waste.

      • septzz says:

        i thought that russian taxes for imported car is low or no tax at all! Until i read your comment. 48%???! seriously?! but the final price is still cheap! how i know it is cheap? because i live in Peters for 4 years and i know. why cheap? because compared to Malaysia, we have to pay almost 300% tax for foreign car (that 300% consists of 3 different taxes).

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  14. richard says:

    You still cant beat an ‘Henschel’ -the best.

  15. Musa says:

    Why? Why do they do this when they can sell them at an auction and make money?

  16. James says:

    Those vehicles could have been sold at auction and the proceeds used to fix roads or feed the poor, what an inexcusable waste of everything. No other country in the world would do this.

  17. shmalex says:

    wtf? where are all the comments??

  18. Hutcheson says:

    What a waste!
    Why not to auction it out and get some proceeds for the much needed?
    I’m pretty sure Russia has a high tariff on imports,but it could certainly tell the reason why Russian car manufacturers couldn’t make cars that satisfy people.

    Toyota don’t have a factory in Russia? If have, it would be expensive as well.

    Just learn from the lessons in Southeast Asia, when there was high tariff, local people have to pay massive amount for a small car or have to a jumpy locally built cars.
    Then the tariff reduced, and local people enjoy a good car at reasonable price, and local car manufacturers experience a surge in sales, and after competition, they even export cars.

  19. ME says:

    What do you mean by “contraband cars”?

  20. Byron says:

    Ouch! That hurts!!! Why state don’t re-sell them to make some money from those cars???

  21. Why crush it? Simply sell it

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