Support The Moscow Times!

'Monstrous' Truck-Boat Hybrid Ferries Russians to Bridgeless Village

A remote Russian village that was previously cut off by a river has been rejuvenated by a makeshift boat that ferries locals in its classic Soviet off-road vehicle frame, state television has reported.

The UAZ van and tugboat crossbreed has been dubbed Bukhlodka, combining the first half of the van’s Bukhanka nickname with the Russian word for boat lodka. When read another way, the mashup reproduces the Russian slang term bukhlo, which translates as “booze.”

“The mechanism looks monstrous but it enjoys success,” the state-run Rossia channel reported late last week.

Footage of Bukhlodka in action showed it loading cars onto an attached platform, crossing the Poldnevaya River in the Astrakhan region, 1,500 kilometers south of Moscow, and dislodging passengers.

“It’s an exclusive,” the vehicle’s captain, Damir Aldishev, boasted as he demonstrated how the boat-van works.

Residents of Poldnevaya village say the hybrid is a godsend that helps the village circumvent emergencies.

“If an ambulance is headed to the village at night, these guys fire it [the bukhlodka] up,” a villager named Lyudmilla told the website last month.

“We’re hopeless without them and this miracle boat. They’re the only ones that connect us to our regions' center,” she said.

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.