Magazine article Russian Life

Hot Museum. (Practical Traveler)

Magazine article Russian Life

Hot Museum. (Practical Traveler)

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The world's first-ever Car Theft Museum opened in Moscow on July 9. It was the brainchild of the Lada Favorit car company and the Russian Book of Records, published by PARI agency.

PARI President Alexei Svistunov (see profile, Russian Life Jan/Feb 2002) said the museum's main goal is to help drivers with "visual case studies," in order to better protect their cars from theft. The museum features a rare display of fake documents, license plates and tools used to steal and protect automobiles. The collection now sits next to Lada Favorit's showroom at the company's sales outlet on Koptievskaya ulitsa, near metro station Voykovskaya.

"We simply intended to put the simple truth on display," Svistunov said. "We got together simple things like fake documents and security devices so that people could learn more about how best to protect their cars." Yet Lada Favorit President Vladimir Popov has a personal "vested interest" in the museum. He has his own account to settle with car thieves, as he revealed at the opening ceremony. His own car, a devyatka (Lada-9), was stolen in 1991 (when such Russian cars were a luxury).

Anti-theft devices on display range from modern car alarms to simple homemade methods, like a wooden baseball bat, or the large fishhooks used by a pensioner to entangle would-be-crooks (the elderly man presented his device to the museum after catching his fourth thief red-handed). …

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