A Massive Hovercraft Interrupts This Russian Day at the Beach

By Glenn Kates

At first glance, it looks like a clip from a Jerry Bruckheimer film -- fun to watch, but more likely the product of a Hollywood studio than a real-life Russian beach scene. 

Or not. 

A video showing all 500,000 kilograms of a military hovercraft beaching among Russian tourists is apparently authentic.

Russian news reports say the amphibious ship, nicknamed "Bison," coasted ashore in a village in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea port lying between Poland and Lithuania. 

According to the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said the hovercraft was simply beaching in "wild waters." 

"What people were doing on a beach in a region of military training is not clear," he added. 

The hovercraft video is just the most recent in a growing list of rather odd user-generated videos from Russia that have come about largely thanks to the proliferation of dashboard cameras.


This post appears courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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