Timofey Vasilyev, 25, an Internet consultant from Moscow, spent his savings on a $10,000 Soviet-era tank and plans to drive it to Crimea.
He just wants to do it “because it (Crimea) has attracted so much attention nowadays and an expedition like that is possible as it is a part of Russia now,” and means no harm.
Intrigued by footage of civilians using tanks in Ukraine’s crisis hit areas, he got the urge to own a tank himself and started saving up.
After searching online for some time he found his dream vehicle – a BRDM-2, the Soviet-era tank that was famously used to haul the coffin of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in the neighboring country of Belarus.
The tank was valued at 100 million Belarusian rubles (almost $9,500).
Vasilyev then traveled to the city of Belarus and while he was unable to get in to the military base where the tank was housed, he had other means to secure his pricey purchase. Vasilyev paid a local truck driver to go in, buy and bring the truck out of the base for him.
So what if Vasilyev can’t drive the tank within Moscow’s city limits? He drives it freely at his country house.
Here’s a guy who knows what he wants and goes after it.