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Russia

Leonid & Friends: Spinning Wheel

Leonid & Friends: Spinning Wheel

What goes up, must come down, even in Russia. Musician Leonid Vorobyev and his bandmates crank out a fantastic cover version of the Blood, Sweat & Tears R&B classic Spinning Wheel, complete with the big, vibrant horn section that makes the original so damned good.

One-Man Wrestling Act

One-Man Wrestling Act

A charming performance by ballet dancer Oleg Chernasov, as he performs the parts of two smaller characters fighting each other. While the costume is definitely a big part of the illusion, it’s his agility and choreography that really make it work.

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Ice G-Wagon

Ice G-Wagon

The Mercedes G-Class (aka the “G-Wagon”) is a boxy and rugged military-style vehicle. We’ve seen lots of them over the years, but never one quite like this – a fully-drivable vehicle with a body made out of ice. The frozen ride was made by Garage 54 of Novosibirsk, Russia.

Soyuz Rocket Time-lapse

Soyuz Rocket Time-lapse

The European Space Agency shared this stunning time-lapse footage captured from the vantage point of the International Space Station, as astronaut Alexander Gerst watched a Russian Soyuz rocket take flight and head towards the ISS with fresh supplies.

Driving on Broken Ice

Driving on Broken Ice

Watch as a Russian off-road vehicle called a Sherp rolls effortlessly over a partially-frozen lake, seemingly defying physics by not sinking through the softened ice. Apparently it has something to do with the vehicle’s paddle boat tires. See more Sherp antics here.

Russian Slapping Contest

Russian Slapping Contest

Among its many tests of strength and testosterone, Russia’s Sarychev Power Expo includes an unusual competition – a contest to see who can slap the hardest. It looks ridiculous and incredibly painful, and that’s why we’re spectators and not participants.

Moscow by Drone

Moscow by Drone

Timelab.pro presents an absolutely stunning montage of aerial photography it captured around Moscow. The ultra high-def video – shot with a DJI Inspire 2 drone – is flooded with detail, contrast, and color, and reflects both the new and old sides of the Russian capital.

Chronos Art Nixie Clock

Chronos Art Nixie Clock
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A surprisingly well-priced nixie tube clock, with a bright, easy-to-read display made from vintage soviet front-facing tubes. Each one is handmade with a solid wood case, and features a 7-day alarm capability. Available with or without RGB LED backlighting.

Vladimir Cauchemar: Aulos

Vladimir Cauchemar: Aulos

Russian musician Vladimir Cauchemar pops up all over the place to warm the world with the soothing and hypnotic sounds of his recorder. Kudos to director Alice Kunisue for one of the most entertaining and WTF things we’ve watched today.

The Road Movie (Trailer)

The Road Movie (Trailer)

In Russia, there’s a dashcam in just about every car these days. Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s intense documentary is assembled entirely from dashcam footage, which captured everything from a meteor crashing to Earth, to gas station fires, to some of the craziest road rage ever.

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Berezka (“Birch” in English) is a Russian folk dance troupe who performs with an unusual style – its dancers move with such tiny and smoothly-executed footsteps that it appears they’re on wheels. Of course, their dresses are so long that they very well could be.

Bugs on The Windshield

Bugs on The Windshield

We hate trying to clean the sticky mess off of our windshields when bugs smack into them, so we can’t imagine how much time it took to scrub the bug debris off of this truck after it ran into a massive swarm of locusts on a road in Dagestan, Russia.

Let It Be

Let It Be

“Well I find myself in trimes of travel…” A so-bad-it’s-good cover version of The Beatles’ 1970 classic, as performed by a choir of Russian sailors, highlighted by the marble-mouthed vocal stylings of their lead singer, and an ample dose of hat waving.

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Building a Tank from Scratch

Building a Tank from Scratch

A team of guys in Russia show off the build process behind their own homebrew tank. We’re assuming the plywood bits at the start were an earlier prototype, as the finished MS-1 tank appears to be made from sturdier materials like metal and rubber.

Zaschitniki (Teaser)

Zaschitniki (Teaser)

While we don’t know if it’ll be shown outside of Russia, this X-Men style superhero flick looks like it could be fun. The film is set in an alternate Soviet Union where mutant superheroes band together to protect the country from supernatural threats.

Comic Con Russia Cosplay

Comic Con Russia Cosplay

It’s good to know that folks in Russia love cosplay just as much as we do here in the States. This great video from Mr. TVCow shows off some of the impressive costumes and makeup at Comic Con Russia 2015. Is it just us, or are all the women in Russia gorgeous?

Playground or Torture Devices?

Playground or Torture Devices?

A man in Russia shows off some cold war era playground equipment that seems more like something the KGB would use for interrogations than something kids should be playing on. Even if the guy fit better, the rides still look awful.

Dumb Guy, Hungry Snowmobile

Dumb Guy, Hungry Snowmobile

This video of an idiot trying to hitch a ride behind a snowmobile could have ended tragically, but the fact that the snowmobile didn’t end up shredding his legs like the wood chipper in Fargo makes us feel a bit more comfortable laughing at him.

Russian Air Force Museum Drone POV

Russian Air Force Museum Drone POV

This flyover of Russia’s Central Air Force Museum provides a unique perspective on these retired Russian airplanes and helicopters parked in the snow. The Concorde’s cousin Tupolev Tu-144 on the far left side is our favorite.

Mascot Road Rage

Mascot Road Rage

We have no idea what prompted the violence, but the guy who received the beatdown from Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, Scrat the Squirrel and some elephant is going to be nursing his bruised ego more than any physical injuries.

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Russia’s Urban Explorers

Russia’s Urban Explorers

To promote an upcoming exhibition of their spectacular imagery, Russia’s Mustang Wanted has assembled footage of some of their most amazingly daring (and illegal) jaunts high atop, and sometimes below the city.

Ghost Car

Ghost Car

You know when someone gets into an accident and says “the other guy came out of nowhere?” In Russia, it really does happen. Just try and wrap your head around the car in this video that does seem to materialize out of thin air.

Zip-starting a Car

Zip-starting a Car

Ever play with SSP racers when you were a kid? This guy (in Russia, naturally) tests the theory you can start a real car with the same method when the battery dies. Of course, don’t try this on any vehicle you actually care about.

Towing a Truck: Russian Style

Towing a Truck: Russian Style

They clearly like to do things a little differently in Russia than here in the States. Case in point: When this 18-wheeler broke down in the snow, they called in the heavy artillery to tow it out. Yes, folks. That’s a tank.

Russian Soldier Beatboxes

Russian Soldier Beatboxes

After watching this clip of a Russian soldier spitting beats faster than an electronic drum machine, we almost felt the need to wipe his saliva off our monitors. Thankfully, YouTube hasn’t perfected SpitSurround technology yet.

Ice Fishing for SUVs

Ice Fishing for SUVs

Normally, if your car falls through the ice of a frozen lake, it’s fish food. Not so for these guys in Russia, who managed to retrieve this Honda SUV from its icy tomb using brute force and ingenuity. According to the video’s poster, it still drives.

Shade’s Russian Roof Run

Shade’s Russian Roof Run

Heartpounding POV footage captured by 3RUN parkour and freerunning athlete Shade Zlat as he jumps from beam to beam of this incomplete building structure in Russia. Watch in full screen HD for optimal effect.

Mud, What Mud?

Mud, What Mud?

Pro-X driver Kata Karenina doesn’t seem the least bit worried that the inside of her 4×4 has filled up with muddy water, as she hits an impasse in the Russia Rainforest Challenge. She says: “I’m up to my ears in sh*t, but I’m happy.”

Fill ‘Er up!

Fill ‘Er up!

Yes, in some parts of the world they still have gas station attendants. And at this one station in Russia, they go the extra mile, not only filling your tank, but doing a little dance routine while you wait – assuming you brought a dance floor.

Russian Speed Bump

Russian Speed Bump

Speed bump is where you speed, no? That sure seems to be the case with the drivers whizzing over this nasty bump in Russia. It’s too bad the guys who posted it couldn’t use video editing software without that ridiculous watermark.

Hover-Rafting

Hover-Rafting

A couple of crazy dudes in Russia (where else?) must have left their parasailing equipment at home, so they decided to take to the air on an inflatable “kite raft” instead. We smell another Mythbusters episode here.

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