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So Russia found 30 running T-34s and made a deal

Aren’t they beautiful? Talk about a moving museum piece.

As part of a weapons deal with the Southeast Asian country of Laos, the Kremlin got a trainload of running WWII relics returned to the Motherland in exchange for a break in the price on some T-72Bs.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the Lao People’s Democratic Republic recently transferred 30 T-34 tanks to Russia by sea to the Pacific port of Vladivostok from where they have been loaded for transport via rail to Naro-Fominsk, home of the elite 4th Guards Tank Division near Moscow.

Back in Laos last December. Note the Lao markings. Also, it looks like someone cleaned up the seams on the casings over the years. Apparently, these bad boys were stored by the Soviets for decades then transferred to Vientiane…where they were stored for decades.

According to state media, all 30 of the vehicles, T-34-85 variants, date from 1944 and had originally been transferred from the Soviet Union to the country as military aid back in the 1980s.

In running condition and virtually unchanged from when they left their wartime assembly lines, the T-34s will be used by the Russians in military parades and for film work.

State media footage of them loading up for Naro-Fominsk, below:
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