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22Russian military commissions bizarre off-road troop carrier

If the original Red Dawn had been a futuristic war thriller rather than being set in 1984, we imagine the invading Soviet forces would have been tooling about in something like this unnamed ZIL truck.

60Russia's Putin "unhappy" with limo, Marussia and GAZ working on alternatives

A few years ago Russian president Dmitri Medvedev decided he wanted officials to be chauffeured in Russian limousines, not the German executive sedans everyone had become accustomed to (such as the Mercedes-Benz pictured above). Naturally, that meant turning to Russia's own ZiL to create a litter worthy of a plutocrat and glorious Russian history. The plan had two big problems, the first being that ZiL stopped making limos in 1991 and was only producing trucks and armored military vehicles.

8London's special traffic lanes for Olympians branded 'Zil lanes'

The British have a unique sense of humor – think Monty Python and Benny Hill – and there's no reason that the 2012 Olympics shouldn't be cause for celebrating it.

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