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Police in eastern Siberia detain 2 drunken soldiers moving around in armored vehicle

August 19, 2015, 12:25 UTC+3 CHITA

The police detained the armored vehicle in a courtyard of an apartment block

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BTR-82 armored vehicle

BTR-82 armored vehicle

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CHITA, August 19. /TASS/. Russian police have detained two drunken soldiers in the eastern Siberian city of Chita who moved around the city in an armored vehicle.

"A report about an armored vehicle moving around the city came in the previous evening. According to eye-witnesses, the vehicle began moving along the highway crossing the path of oncoming traffic and creating an emergency situation on the road. Traffic police officers were sent to the scene," spokesperson for the regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry Larisa Ivanova told TASS on Wednesday.

The police detained the armored vehicle in a courtyard of an apartment block, but the soldiers who were inside the vehicle refused to leave it. The police officers had to break the window and pulled the two men clad in military uniforms with the signs of the alcohol intoxication from the vehicle. The detained driver and passenger were taken to a military commandant’s office.

Meanwhile, the press service of the Eastern Military District told TASS on Wednesday that the two soldiers would be dismissed from the Russian Armed Forces.

"After conducting a medical examination and establishing the fact of the alcohol intoxication, the servicemen who drove an armored vehicle in Chita will be dismissed from the Russian Armed Forces by the decision of the commander of the Eastern Military District," the press service said, adding that the officials whose negligence caused the incident would bear personal responsibility up to dismissal in accordance with the military regulations.

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