Awesome Russia

Hamyak ATV

Hamyak ATV

Engineer Eduard Luzyanin created this wild ride that combines a motorcycle and a tank. The Hamyak is a single-seat vehicle that’s propelled by a rolling track. It can reach speeds of 27mph, though, without suspension or steering, you’re probably going to want to go slower. EXROADmedia has video footage of this oddity in action.

Russian Gymkhana

Russian Gymkhana

This low-budget Russian take on Gymkhana may not be as slick as those Ken Block videos, but it’s just as entertaining. It starts out a little slow, as our protagonist heads into the woods in his jalopy, foraging for mushrooms, but once the drugs kick in, things get good. Impatient? Skip ahead.

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Widebody Lada Conversion

Widebody Lada Conversion

The guys from Russian car hacking channel Garage 54 have outdone themselves with this crazy build. After cutting the driver’s side off one Lada and the passenger side off another, they tinkered with the mechanicals and welded them together. The result is a ridiculous extra-wide Lada that needs two drivers to steer. Part 2 here.

Wall Mural Printer

Wall Mural Printer

Normally, if you want a mural on your wall, you need to paint it. But the guys at Russia’s Cool Print SPB have a computer-controlled rig that does all the hard work. The machine rides on rails and then moves along the wall like a gigantic inkjet printer, outputting large-scale, full-color images. Longer tracks = wider images.

The Noor

The Noor

Equipped with a DJI Mini 2 drone, photographer Vadim Sherbakov takes us on an eye-opening journey to Siberia’s Lake Baikal. The area is known for its beautiful rock formations, which are even more dramatic when covered with snow and ice. The film’s title is the Buryat word for lake, a tribute to the area’s indigenous people.

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra is best known for their classic Russian tunes, but they also enjoy the occasional rock and roll song. Here, their balalaika section performs a cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven. We had no idea that a contrabass balalaika was a thing.

Russian Razor Crest

Russian Razor Crest

The Mandalorian’s gunship, the Razor Crest, didn’t fare very well by the end of season two, but it still has a place in our hearts. A group of dedicated Star Wars fans in Yakutsk, Siberia built a 13-foot-tall replica of the ship out of wood and foam panels, and while it’s not likely to be space-worthy, it does look awesome.

Hidden Access Panel

Hidden Access Panel

Russian home renovator and tile installer Masterplitka shows off a really impressive bit of construction from one of their bathroom projects. At first glance, this looks like an ordinary tile-covered wall, but it’s quickly revealed that a section is concealing hidden pipes and valves, presumably for a steam shower.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

Deep Freeze Car Wash

Deep Freeze Car Wash

After seeing an image of a vehicle that had car wash soap stuck to it in freezing temperatures, Garage 54 decided to try and replicate the effect. For their cold-weather experiment, they sprayed their Hummer with foam in the -40º deep freeze outside their shop, turning the SUV into a fuzzy pink nightmare.

In Russia

In Russia

Filmmakers Vincent Urban, Max Neumeier & Tim David Höddinghaus of 27km created this amazing short film that offers a glimpse into the vast and varied nation of Russia. From the cosmopolitan chaos of Moscow to the icy and unspoiled Lake Baikal, the film is like a candy sampler box packed with all kinds of tasty visuals.

Russian Cyberpunk Farm

Russian Cyberpunk Farm

Sergey Vasiliev decided he had enough of the old “in Soviet Russia” trope which represents his country as technologically backward. Incorporating some clever visual effects, his brilliant short film imagines a Russian farm where everything is running on the latest tech. The footage reminds us of the work of Simon Stålenhag.

Husky: Never Ever

Husky: Never Ever

(PG-13: Gore) The video for Siberian rapper Dmitry “Husky” Kuznetsov’s track Never Ever is a bloody journey into the world of a janitor who is tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of deadly gang battles. It’s a macabre subject handled with visual aplomb by writer/director Evgenii Bakirov and cinematographer Kirill Groshev.

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Aluminum, Epoxy, and Denim Desk

Aluminum, Epoxy, and Denim Desk

It took Positive Couple a ridiculous amount of time to cut out, sand, and arrange the numerous slices of aluminum tubing they used to make this unique piece of furniture. We’re not so sure about the quilted denim sides for the desk, but the geometric patterned desktop is pretty spectacular.

Holey Car

Holey Car

Now that the guys at Russia’s Garage 54 are done with their headlight-covered Lada, they decided to remove the bulbs from the compact car. Of course, now they’ve got a whole bunch of holes in the sheet metal, so they decided to go all-in on the look, resulting in a car that looks like a block of Swiss cheese on wheels.

The Walking Car

The Walking Car

The guys from Russian car-hacking channel Garage 54 are back with another crazy build. This time, they took a page from Theo Janssen’s Strandbeests and attempted to give their hunk of junk Lada legs in place of its rear tires. Though its slow amble is more of a crawl than a walk.

Car of Headlights

Car of Headlights

Russian car modding channel Garage 54 has done some pretty wacky things over the years. This time, they took an old beater and covered the entire car with 300 high-output LED headlight bulbs. There’s no missing this thing on a dark road, though it might blind its operator and every other driver on the road.

The Reverse Axe

The Reverse Axe

Normally, an axe has a steel head and a wooden handle. But in the case of this unusual build by metalsmith Bonn Factory, it’s the other way around. The voiceover is in Russian, but the language of making things is universal.

BMW R9T Custom Motorcycle

BMW R9T Custom Motorcycle

Moscow, Russia motorcycle customizers Ziller’s Garage transformed the new BMW R 18 cruiser into an incredible work of rolling art. Designed by Mikhail Smolyanov and John Reed, the ultra-modern bike features a beautifully sculpted aluminum shell, custom spoked wheels, and light-up BMW badges. That ground clearance tho.

Ice Karting

Ice Karting

We’ve spent some time hooning about on the ice in high-powered sports cars, but these guys in Russia show that it doesn’t take a big budget to enjoy ice driving. With tiny studded tires and some 250cc engines, ripping around on a frozen river in go karts looks like a massive amount of fun.

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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.

Jew’s Harp Orchestra

Jew’s Harp Orchestra

With its twangy mouth sounds, Jew’s harp (aka “jaw harp”) is one of the stranger instruments out there. For the most part, it’s an instrument that’s played by one musician at a time, but this ensemble of 30 or so harp players in Russia occasionally gets together to perform as a group, and the layered sound they make is wild.

Grand Piano Island

Grand Piano Island

Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.

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.

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.

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