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You can't park there, it's my house

Published 11 Mar 2008
Tags tanks, Russia, vodka, bad driving
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My thanks for today's And Finally go to the Russian military and its driving instructors. According to Reuters, a Russian tank crashed through a villager's house after the crew stopped to buy more vodka.

Footage from a mobile phone camera showed the tank hitting the house and a laughing, and presumably drunk, driver awkwardly trying to clamber aboard with two bottles of vodka.

The army promised on Friday to pay compensation and said the tank must have been broken and fallen behind a column heading to a test site for exercises. Earlier it said the vehicle slid on melting ice. Colonel Konstantin Lazutkin, spokesman for Russia's Volga-Urals Military District, said: "Of course, there were violations but the crew acted in good faith to catch up with its unit."

The house owner, whose name was not provided, said: "Thank God they didn't shoot."

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