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The Vodka-Cola Cowboy: Trucking Russia 1990 - 1995

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A rollicking piece of reporting from the road, The Vodka-Cola Cowboy describes trucking in what is possibly the harshest environment in the world: Russia. Between 1990 and 1995 British owner driver Mick Twemlow worked to transport goods to, from, and within Russia and the wider Soviet Union. Living in Moscow with his future wife, Elena and their daughter, Margarita, who was born there, in 1992, Mick learned the language and fully immersed himself in Russian society, giving him an insider's view of this time of massive upheaval in the Soviet Union. The book vividly illustrates the conditions that British truck drivers encountered, including atrocious winter weather in a wild and unforgiving landscape, police harassment, and the dangers that came with the dissolution of the USSR. Mick was the only British truck driver in Moscow throughout the whole of the anti-Gorbachev coup of 1991, so the book offers a unique perspective of that historical event. His stories range from the humorous to the serious to the potentially life threatening. This book will be of interest to truck drivers and those with an interest in road transport and the haulage industry in general. Russia is still an unknown quantity, all around the


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Pages 336
Publish Date 2020-05-01
Size 0.0" x 0.0" x 0.0"
Author Mick Twemlow
Product Form Hardback

About the Author

After leaving the army in 1972, Mick Twemlow had a long career driving trucks. Following on from many years driving to Eastern Europe, Iraq and Yugoslavia, he spent 5 years in the early 90s living and working in and around Russia, where he met his wife. In 1995 he returned to the UK with his family, going on to work for the Benefit Agency, the Probation Service, and Prison Service before returning to trucking in 2010 and retiring in 2015.

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