Support The Moscow Times!

Impatient Siberian Man Steals Minibus, Crashes into Lamppost

Sergei Bobylev / TASS

A man in Western Siberia has reportedly stolen and crashed a minibus into a lamppost after becoming tired of waiting for the driver.

The man initially boarded the minibus — known as a “marshrutka” in Russian — as a passenger in the town of Nizhnevartovsk, the Superomsk.ru news website reported Tuesday.

After waiting for the driver, who left the keys in the ignition, the man reportedly took the driver’s seat himself while under the influence of alcohol and took off.

“The new driver of the marshrutka managed to reach the nearest lamppost. The Omsk native was [then] detained by police after getting into an accident,” the outlet reported.

The man, 38, faces up to five years behind bars for the carjacking.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.