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Blue Buckets Strike Again

Two dozen motorists strapped blue buckets to the tops of their cars and cruised around Moscow on Saturday in protest of the blue flashing lights on bureaucrats’ vehicles that allow them to ignore basic traffic rules.

Traffic police stopped the hourlong cruise, organized by the so-called Blue Bucket Society, three times, but the drivers were allowed to continue.

Before setting off, the motorists also drank some kefir to protest a new law that bans any trace of alcohol in the blood when driving. The popular dairy drink contains traces of alcohol that they complain would lead to a drunk-driving offense despite giving no intoxication.


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