A RUSSIAN man was so gagging for a bottle of red wine he hijacked an armoured vehicle and rammed it into a supermarket window.
The determined drinker hopped out of the Soviet-era multipurpose, fully amphibious, auxiliary armoured, tracked vehicle, climbed in through a smashed window and grabbed a bottle from the supermarket shelf in the northwestern city of Murmansk, The Sun reports.
Patriotically, he took a bottle of red from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed from Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.
Then he ran off, but was swiftly detained by police.
The armoured vehicle — known in the West as an M1970 — was left in front of the shop.
Police said he stole the snow-covered military vehicle from a local military training organisation.
On the way, he lost control and smashed into a Daewoo car in the arctic city.
New figures today revealed an average 18,000 more Russians die every January because of alcohol binging, according to research carried out by Life.ru.
Research indicates that alcohol is the primary cause of the high number of premature deaths in Russia, which is one of the booziest nations in the world.
In some regions, up to 70 per cent of deaths among men under 35 are down to alcohol, the country’s chief health official warned last year.
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