The Vodka-Cola Cowboy

Trucking Russia 1990-1995

By Mick Twemlow

The Vodka-Cola Cowboy describes life trucking in the harshest environment in the world: Russia. Between 1990 and 1995, British owner and driver Mick Twemlow worked to transport goods to, from, and within Russia and the wider Soviet Union. Living in Moscow with his wife, Elena, and their daughter, Margarita, Mick fully immersed himself in Russian society, giving him an insider's view of this time of massive upheaval in the Soviet Union. This book vividly illustrates the conditions that British truck drivers encountered, including the atrocious winter weather in a wild and unforgiving landscape, police harassment, and the dangers that came with the dissolution of the USSR. Throughout the anti-Gorbachev coup of 1991, Mick was the only British truck driver in Moscow. His account of this time offers a unique perspective of that historical event. His experiences range from the humorous, to the serious, to the potentially life threatening. This book will be of interest to truck drivers, those interested in road transport and the haulage industry, and anyone who has a fascination with Russia, particularly during this tumultuous time in the region's socio-political history. [Subject: Transportation, Russian Studies, Memoir]

Publication Date: 11/9/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781910456538