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Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on wheels

“And no diagonal hanging, you’re going to PU-te-March!” — concluded a short instruction editor zr.ru. Here’s how it happens: the dream of a full-fledged field trials, and then BAM… and a family trip.

This journey is the symbiosis of romanticism and practicality. Wife I promised an unforgettable journey to Kostroma and its surroundings, and myself — the opportunity to meet with a brand new Skoda Kodiaq. For almost a year I am a bit confused about the prospects for change family-the Citroen C5, which will soon turn six years old. I don’t know what got me so hooked on “Czech”, but, reading the report of the colleagues from the Paris motor show — 2016, and decided that this is a likely candidate. No joke: almost the Tuareg, if not, then the size for sure.

From the variety of colors and trim levels, are presented currently in press Park, I was interested in the most brutal, the diesel — bear needed a bass growl! Probably many already know that the title of the crossover refers to the subspecies of brown bear living in the American island of Kodiak off the coast of Alaska.

The car was found, but configuration is not very lucky — not all the options for travel were present. For example, disappointed by the lack of panoramic roof and some additional amenities for the rear passengers. As a rule, I rolled the car at least five years, so do not just convinced that the layout of the vehicle should be carefully considered before purchasing, so you do not regret. But for me, this trip is kind of fitting.

To deliver to us the only option of diesel power units — the 2.0 TDI (150 HP). And so I wanted to try a more powerful one, the one with 190 HP, the more that the possibility of a diesel engine of 140 horses well known to me.

Jam-Packed with a breeze

We have gathered in Kostroma, but we got greedy. Wife developed the route with the two cities (Yaroslavl, in which we will stop along the way and Kostroma), and with family! And besides, we’ll have to sleep in the car, by the lake. Romance, you know!

So, we temporarily outfitted our Kodiaq in full: suitcase, cooler bag, blanket, cushion, travel mats, picnic set and even the little things — cargo got about 40 kg. Baggage compartment was filled to the brim. Left from Moscow Pushkin at nine in the morning and come to listen to the car: how it behaves, how we feel it, in short, tried everything. His head spun reviews that we have read and looked online. The first couple of hours were agreed with many. Only one annoying all cover of the upper glove compartment “stains” were like a thorn in the eye. But as time went by, and the opinion has varied.

Compare Kodiaq previous Tigrinum, which I once fondly dubbed the “mad stool”. The same sharp steering, which became even easier. Smooth set speed from the start, with no failures, as before. When a sharp pedal is almost invisible turbojam and further high-spirited set speed. Cheerful, unusual in tone dizelek gives a pleasant feeling of control. Brake informative, with short-stroke pedal, slowing good, if not great. Weaving the thread and moving on the bands, note that the range of adjustments of the side mirrors is sufficient for review, including blind spots, even without taking into account the available sensors. Salon mirror compact, but this does not affect the review. The algorithm of box, although on first acquaintance, was immediately impressed — it is of course understandable, especially when overtaking. Box is in no hurry to switch to higher gears, until you are sure that the driver has completed a set speed, thus providing decent handling and dynamics. The more time I spend behind the wheel using paddle shifters on the track, the more I like the box. To hell with caution! DSG7 with two wet clutches and 4×4 — sweet couple, I would venture, choosing today’s car of VW.

The road to Yaroslavl abounds with beautiful views of arable lands and coppices. After metropolis happy and relax not only the eyes but also the soul. The whole body to the tips of his ears happily and trying to memorize every view, every combination of shadows, textures and colors. But most of us hooked — so is the hay! More specifically, fields with bales of hay. Many of the fields we passed, each time wishing that I didn’t stop to take pictures. It was not easy entrance to a field, the sun was shining from the wrong side, then just dropped. And then the wife exclaims: “Field! Field! Turn!”. Srulivaem on some rural road, and — Yes! Field stacks! Great area for a photo shoot and the sun on the right side. As it turned out, the last such field to the city of Kostroma.

On the Yaroslavl direction of a lot of arable land. In late summer and early autumn, they are attractive because they can take photos in the style of the country with sheaves.On the Yaroslavl direction of a lot of arable land. In late summer and early autumn, they are attractive because they can take photos in the style of the country with sheaves.

Cards on the table

Don’t know why, but I always wanted to have in the car navigation offered by the manufacturer. Such is the whim. This function years is positioned by marketers as an expensive premium feature. In real life the navigation for anyone not to be superfluous, especially in travel. Just the town is now probably not so important. But to get a card with good readability, laying the optimal route and the actual traffic information on it — a great success.

Immediately struck by the delay in the display of the warnings on speed limits. On the eye, but 50 meters is. For example, when entering in the Vladimir region sign 90, and in the Navigator 110. Or, say, limit sign 60 km/h and after hundred meters. Maybe it’s the speed of the built-in GPS sensor.

The second important remark is old information about the signs, interchanges and especially the plans of “Ukravtodor”. So, the updated area M-8 (Moscow — Tarasovka), launched in September 2016, the maps are still there. Fair to say that button “Refresh” is not pressed, but the press car Park is fresh, like how outdated it was nothing special. In the end, after Kostroma switched to Yandex.Navigator smartphone.

The third menu. Intuitive but not the most convenient. The buttons on the control panel easily accessible, except the far right of the screen — they have to stretch almost “getting out” of the seat. But they are basic in the navigation menu. But under direct sunlight the navigation screen becomes completely unreadable.

Unhappy with the NAV, I remembered about the communication capabilities. Quickly checked and Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Everything is as it should be, I think that many will appreciate as an alternative to the built-in functionality of the Skoda.

Den with comfort

Do not understand anything. I can’t adjust the seat, I will travel more than 1000 km? That’s the first surprise. The usual appearance seat is electric and memory settings for three positions does not want to surrender.

On the border of Muscovy feel like area of the forearm and cervical spine begin to numb, not finding a comfortable foothold.On the border of Muscovy feel like area of the forearm and cervical spine begin to numb, not finding a comfortable foothold.

Looking ahead, I note that the seat did not submit, and the wife has more modest dimensions, tirelessly trying to sit comfortably as the driver and front passenger, with manual levers of adjustments, including lumbar support. And if to it to add that luxurious appearance and feel of suede upholstery and made clothes off in folds from the involuntary fidgeting, you get the story from the category of “don’t ask, it happens to everyone”!

Someone can travel a Peugeot 107 for four with Luggage and finding it acceptable, but it’s certainly not about us. Kodiaq — to help lovers of comfort and simply Thrifty travelers. By the way there are 593 litre boot, if you fold the third row seats. Well, if the second row down, we get an impressive 1968 l, which we turned into… Wait, more about that later.

I like Czech pragmatism and pedantry in the organization of space inside the car, I admire the skillfully promoted in advertising is Simply Clever. And let the umbrellas in the doors are not surprising, and the scraper on the fuel tank flap is generally self-evident fixture, the rest — the wonders of ergonomics. Stowage compartment in front centre console, Jumbo Box in the centre console, the upper and lower niche, a compartment for sunglasses, drawer under the front passenger seat, holders for bottles and mobile phones in the third row, the notches in the front doors and folding tables (optional), hooks, hooks, hooks… And if that was not enough, the Czechs will shower you with a set of nets for load securing and dividers Velcro in addition (also optional).

In the trunk you should probably use a double niche under a floor (the dream of the smuggler), 12 V socket and led flashlight.

The climate control is effective at all rows of seats, including the third, this contributes to the breakdown into zones with individual adjustment.

Acoustics Canton will satisfy many, even lovers of good sound. Nine speakers, subwoofer, 600 Watts. And Lara Fabian, Linkin Park and sound very decent. Except on the third row music fans to sit down is not recommended, the dynamic range is not the same.

Everything is under control?

I was looking forward to the opportunity to try adaptive cruise control. For many years from time to time use an ordinary cruise. Convinced that he is amazingly unloads on a long trip. Went, play enough and forget for a few days, noting that the technology is already Mature, and there is no reason to expect unpleasant surprises in the stream. If only not to invent an ideal, which is what happened with me. And the Kodiak adaptive speed control not only determines different bodies of cars and motorcycles, but cyclists, and I was able to see personally. Importantly, the object in front was moving! Then the electronics could use a bunch of gas-brake, the driver can only control the trajectory.

At some point, the traffic situation has radically changed, and our silver bear ahead, on the horizon I can not see any companion. And after some time the looming tube. I’m a little bow thrusters, keeping your lane, and nothing more — the car rushes forward, catching up with the obstacle. Chest ache unpleasantly. Who will slow down? The display glows 99 km/h Adaptive cruise control is active, several times I cast a quick glance at the scoreboard. Wake up, the experimenter, the voice inside is shouting insistently. When to the extreme in the tube of the car is already 50 or 60 metres, I understand that, but me, slow down, no one is going. Rise of the machines is cancelled — hit the brakes. Powerful grip forged wheels, we sighed with relief.

A few days later I refresh your memory Chapter of the user about the algorithm of the adaptive cruise control. And did not find clearly described the situation, which was in the way, although the manual is replete with many reservations and limitation of liability. It’s tempting to recommend the Czech engineers persistently to inform the driver that the purpose of the radar is lost. Or the adaptive cruise control is forcibly switched off, although in our case it remains active.

Yaroslavl and Kostroma

Arrived to Yaroslavl for dinner and went straight to old town. Our expectations were met: it is gorgeous! Panoramic views of the Volga river, take down the head, and the streets greeted us just as warmly as in winter. Generally in Yaroslavl feel at home: rustic, soulful, measured. Walk along the Kotorosl embankment, of course, click the types and myself in the background, walking along the familiar streets. And do not fit into the timing, staying on an extra hour. And may we not went to museums and churches are not spared all the sights, we still have something to say about Yaroslavl, and we did it here!

Enjoy Yaroslavl can be long, but time goes on and we go further — we are waiting for Kostroma. Take the legs together and jump into the Skoda. And it’s literally because we all carry a three-legged tripod.

In Kostroma we arrived in the evening, breaking the tube at the entrance to the city formed due to repair the bridge. This entrance to the city only, so I had to knock. Yandex.Navigator did us a disservice, protaskav us the back streets in search of a detour. Anyway, Kostroma he went wrong. Features of the road in the city, its interestingness and night views are waiting for you here. And we spend the night, go farther.

March

It’s the middle of the day, Kostroma examined under a reverent guide audio guide, and now we have to get to Vladimir, visiting Suzdal. Sits behind the wheel of a spouse. To set the driver’s seat she never. Prior to that, she never drove crossovers, and it was interesting to see how she adapts to her new body. After some time, the wife exclaims: “this is my Getz, but bigger! The same noisy, light and trembling”. Well, we assume that the adaptation was successful. The feeling of lightness she apparently gave a soft wheel. Well, about the noise and vibrations from any rough edges on the road and does not have to speak. The more that the road from Kostroma, Suzdal is not the best quality.

Arrive in Suzdal in the evening and run to watch that will have time before sunset. Again accompanied by the audio guide and our izdannogo three-legged friend. Fortunately, there are phones with not the worst of cameras, so that’s something we still filmed.

The first impression about Suzdal — shock and regret that the historical monuments are not in the condition they’re supposed to be. Kremlin street in the historic centre, which is a small part of the tourist route and we had to walk, shows a well-maintained painted facades. But it is worth a detour and look into the neighboring yard, and rolls some murky sense of despair and even ruin. Say, Suzdal — jaded city. Where do they go to all the tourist fees?

Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on wheels

Of course, we’re not even quarter of the padded audio guide a busy route, so I really hope that other monuments feel much better we saw. And for the same reason, we did not allocate our cursory examination of the city in a separate article.

After a visit to Kostroma Suzdal left us in some priceplenna condition. We didn’t even speak to the death — ride was about 40 km On the way to heal our wounded souls Suzdal nice views from the Windows of the Kodiak and even stopped to capture the memory of dizzying natural leaf, which has given us this evening.

Life is in full swing

Vladimir arrive past dark. We were met by a noisy, colourful city, very contrasting with the Kostroma and Suzdal. In contrast to their quiet and measured old town with pedestrian streets and remoteness from densely populated residential neighborhoods, Vladimir is very similar to Moscow. Through the center runs one of the main and most crowded streets of the city — Bolshaya Moskovskaya, all the lights and neon signs. The noise of cars, all kinds of music from restaurants and cafes and the cacophony of voices urban vacationers and tourists. Life is in full swing!

We settled into a comfortable and spacious hotel “Golden gate” that on the Great Moscow street in a XIX century building. She has a private Parking, which is very beneficial for such a dense and lively place. And most importantly, that it is very comfortable to walk. To ride and explore the night Kevin we have no strength. So we decided to have dinner in the nearest cafe, a walk, and go to sleep.

Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on wheels

Early in the morning, it’s already Saturday, my heroic wife wants to see the sunrise on the observation deck. Heroic, because I rise so early I couldn’t. On the morning Vladimir better to tell the one who saw with his own eyes.

Once again about comfort

To send her husband to the back row to bed after an early rise. After 20 minutes of fidgeting on the seat trying to find a comfortable position she goes, “This is intolerable! You can recapture all the cheek!” And we stop, get out of the trunk of a large soft pillow. Only with her could get some sleep.

Generally, suspension is the main annoyance in Kodiak. The more we drove this car, the more we know him, the more he liked us. We discussed various options, how to buy it, what we really need, what you can save. But suspension us periodically sober. From car much more expensive than the two million they expect more comfort. Especially when you’re in the shoes of the rear passenger. And how on earth will the children?

Sit back very comfortably. It is promoted as the profiles of the seats and space around: you can literally slide off the seat, taking an imposing posture, and only then Balk knees in the front seat. I don’t think two rear passengers, which shines such a comfortable environment, come the third passenger in their company, but technically such a possibility.Sit back very comfortably. It is promoted as the profiles of the seats and space around: you can literally slide off the seat, taking an imposing posture, and only then Balk knees in the front seat. I don’t think two rear passengers, which shines such a comfortable environment, come the third passenger in their company, but technically such a possibility.

What else we were pleased with our “bear” is the outlet. A conventional socket, with which we charged the battery for SLR. Great for travel! Go and charge the camera, then go and plant it, then go back and charge. Great! But to realize this we could not immediately.

Socket 230 V/150 W and USB connector are located in the back compartment of the Jumbo Box. Oh, Yes! It will be remembered for a long time. It is located too deep, and our charging device is inserted into it. It is necessary to deviate from the route and wound the extra 15 km in search of a fixture that will ultimately help us to use AC in the cabin. The benefit of Gus-Crystal, there are several shops for electrical engineering, and we are able to buy an adapter. But be careful: not everyone will fit. Small adapter for the European plugs may not be enough length.

Without adapter with the narrow plug is in the fable: talk that is, but you try to get it from the bowels of the outlet. And protective cover, flip-up, will be an additional obstacle for large consumers, such as podsednik camera. In Gus-Crystal, this fixture was finally purchased and successfully applied. Such is Russian Clever!Without adapter with the narrow plug is in the fable: talk that is, but you try to get it from the bowels of the outlet. And protective cover, flip-up, will be an additional obstacle for large consumers, such as podsednik camera. In Gus-Crystal, this fixture was finally purchased and successfully applied. Such is Russian Clever!

To seven in the evening we get to Ryazan. Unfortunately, familiarity with the city we have no more than one and a half hours, so we decide to dedicate this time only the Ryazan Kremlin. Greedily absorb the eyes and ears of all, and this is enough to want to properly explore this city in your next trip. And people! Here special people! About our impressions of Ryazan, click here. And we are heading under Lukhovitsy, famous all around Blue lakes. The sun goes down but before dark, we did not have time, to go 65 km away.

If you are pretty exhausted watching of cities and want to relax in nature, driving Spas-Klepiki turn right on the Egorievsk highway and next to it in the side of any settlement. There is a lot of big beautiful lakes with excellent water.If you are pretty exhausted watching of cities and want to relax in nature, driving Spas-Klepiki turn right on the Egorievsk highway and next to it in the side of any settlement. There is a lot of big beautiful lakes with excellent water.

The urban crossover with the smell of the forest

Look for a place to sleep has been in the dark. On Saturday evening at the nearest of the lakes — the largest, because, apparently, the most popular campers often stay overnight. We decided to drive a wedge between the two camps. Hiking flashlight we took, helped spotlight the neighboring camp. Under his light quickly and comfortably settled, lit a fire and laid up. Regular flashlight from the trunk of the Kodiak would be enough just to highlight your sneakers or explore Luggage. However, to find some firewood with him managed.

From the outset, the idea of his wife with an overnight stay on the lake seemed suspicious to me: spend the night-you’ll have in the car! But cooking dinner on the fire, view from the high Bank of the lake, lit by the full moon, as if on purpose for us, screaming from a neighboring camp and wildly punching the nostalgia Gas Sector has completely removed the anxiety about sleep. Sitting around the campfire, resting from a long day and enjoying the moment, not requiring haste and composure.

All nature is pushing for meditation, for contemplation, there is another way of looking at things. Here skodowski crossover in the firelight among the trees, away from the town appears to us in his other incarnation. Like a living, Nagashima as we do during these three days, our friend is resting peacefully by the fire. Running through the cities, we haven’t had much time to look at a car, especially at night, all the attention was spent on the streets, houses, monuments. But here, left with our “bear” almost alone, we finally got into the mysteries of the philosophy of its creators.

From the outset, the design of the car hooked. The fact that he doesn’t look the most alike crossovers, with hackneyed lines, curves, and not bearing a no load, uncomplicated interior that perform a purely practical function. Some love it, some don’t, but look at himself, he holds clearly.

Figure plastic plates on the glove compartment, dashboard and doors is reminiscent of the bark of your favorite Czechs Royal TUI. The photo also show fingerprints, which these pads are covered immediately. To keep a flawless appearance, have the time to RUB them.Figure plastic plates on the glove compartment, dashboard and doors is reminiscent of the bark of your favorite Czechs Royal TUI. The photo also show fingerprints, which these pads are covered immediately. To keep a flawless appearance, have the time to RUB them.

In addition to “bark” the natural motifs in the design are traced in other elements. Actually, the entire design can be called broken. As in nature there are no straight lines, smooth curves and perfect surfaces and the Kodiak all over the breaks that in the cabin (on the front panel, doors and even doorknobs) that in the exterior you will find simple uncomplicated lines.

The broken lines in all.

Broken lines in the design of the car can be traced everywhere — in the interior and exterior.Broken lines in the design of the car can be traced everywhere — in the interior and exterior.

Side mirrors could do the usual, sleek, but not — and here are the verge. Sharp as bear claws, they are given to understand that before you car with character. And the rear lights! The bend in the side lights remind brushwood eats fire. By day they look easier, but in the dark come alive, and their flames and breaks out through the weave of branches. It’s not just beautiful, it’s art so masterfully embody the spirit of nature in the mechanical flesh.

Even slightly modified seat Tiguan came in handy. Profile picture resembles the folds of skin on the belly of a Cobra. Lateral support of the front seats reminds her opened hood and headrest, respectively, of the head. Even the curve of the back similar to the reception of a Cobra. Apparently, in the pursuit of self-nature was lost and the viability of each fragment.

The Moment Of Truth

It’s finally here. Reinvent the Kodiak of the crossover in Quimper. First question: what to do with all the things the trunk loaded to capacity? Bed decomposed in the machine, and the rest? On the street to leave courage is not enough. In General, while we throw out all out, understand how to fold the seat, how to position the head restraints that were fixed, — to pull or Vice versa. Front seats we first thought to move forward and lower the seat back to allocating on them pillows, but it turned out that the back does not fall so low. Well, let’s try to roll back the seat all the way back, and the seatbacks folded forward, do not fall too low. In the end, we just pushed the seat forward, the backrest positioned vertically, and the distance between them and the rear seats folded up, took the suitcase, on which lie pillows. A rib that is formed between the folded seats of the second and third rows, threatening to sink us in Boca, had to caulk cushions from blankets. Sleeper we cover the two blankets, the third will cover. The rest of the stuff fit the front feet and on the seats. Yay! It is possible to sleep.

Of course, was burning a hole not so gently as on your home mattress, but for Hiking conditions quite! Two spaces is more than enough, in length as in width, and ceiling presses. We conclude that the ability to sleep comfortably in the car — a definite plus in this situation. For ventilation left slightly ajar front window. Mosquitoes were not protected, because they simply do not. Wife says these parts are generally never there are no mosquitoes. The tale is simple!

1968 litres worse tents! Less hassle for Assembly and quite spacious. Ceiling height enough to sit.1968 litres worse tents! Less hassle for Assembly and quite spacious. Ceiling height enough to sit.

The Sunday morning sun warmed the car, and became stuffy. However, it’s time to get up. We have slept great, even given the fact that the neighbors turned off the music only at four in the morning. Most of all we were afraid to track flanks in the hard interior of the car, but the bed of two blankets perfectly fulfilled the role of the mattress. Well, skodowska cabin on wheels test passed! It is possible and in the feast and in the world, and in the woods, good people envy.

Time for dinner. We rested, gathered, cleaned our place of rest and gain another bag of garbage from previous campers. It’s time to Kolomna is another town with a rich history. It is a city-boundary, city-hinterland, the city is at a crossroads. Here is what to visit, what to see and something to be proud of. More about this we tell in this article we continue on the adventures of Skoda.

The roads

But he wasn’t there! The weather was Sunny and dry, I could not find where to get into the goo. But our journey is not yet over. Kolomna personally, we have long been familiar, so a walk around the city we left for the evening, and went to conquer sung Yesenin kolomenskie of arable land. I really wanted to try to feel like a real test, try on the road. On the pavement we dashed off already.

Before you leave on naezzhennuju field road, have to overcome 100 meters of abandoned and covered with tall grass primer. Going in a whisper, and the grass licks the hood and scratching the bottom. Somewhere across the damp puddles. How not to get stuck. Argue and resent. Is it really impossible to find a normal entry? But Kodiaq cope! In the end we leave on a flat, dry road, I stop, and I pushed his wife: “take it Off! Take it off!” A hundred meters ahead, the green grass hid a Fox. She is looking for something, or someone is targeting. Apparently voles. So to come across wild animals for me — a surprise. Fox calmly turns around, studying us with a glare for about ten seconds and goes back home in search of food.

The second impression you get from 90 km/h on the dirt road! Prohvatit on the field a hundred times, the second, the third. Wife is trying to shoot cars in motion, I again and again cover it with dust.

The primer suspension behaves perfectly.The primer suspension behaves perfectly.

The suspension behaves simply perfectly, what she had not expected. On the pavement a little “kozlit”, on the dirt road with a broken track going tight and surprisingly comfortable. So here it is, Kodiaq mysterious.

Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on wheels

Family gatherings

After a dusty ride we go to visit relatives to show off the car. The cargo capacity of the car we have already studied, so the first thing we do is evaluate chelovecheskoi. In the end, we choose the scenario with the children. They allocate the third number, placing a restraint chair.

Relatives came to visit, the city walked time to go home. And to start, conduct final test in the best time of the day in the night. And for good reason. After all, to avoid standing in traffic jams, are increasingly required to choose it. What you need for confident riding at night? In addition to extremely accurate eye and excellent response, of course. That’s right — good lighting.

I will never forget the excitement of the first experience of using swivel Bixenon. For me it was a breakthrough, because before I was afraid to move in the dark. And now I was to meet you on the road with led headlamps with adaptive front lighting system. Let’s just say my eyes vote for LED.

The range check night lighting with the original approach. The top middle light, bottom — far.The range check night lighting with the original approach. The top middle light, bottom — far.

Kodiaq not snatches in the dark objects individually, it just lights up (!) really white light. The intensity of the beam and most importantly the uniformity of illumination of the road and both sides is impressive. How it works low beam: wide, uniformly deep enough to be subjectively bright. But far expected clearly focuses on the distance, collecting a bundle strictly in the middle, reducing the angle of side clearance. To demonstrate operation of lighting system, for security reasons, not to take pictures on public roads, and called in the help of natural relief.

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Instead of an epilogue

The trip was a success. And largely due to the fact that Kodiaq didn’t let us get tired of the beauty of the journey, we have actively studied the car, its conception and its execution. I now know exactly what you want this type of body and no less than kovacovska, dimensions. Having tasted the delights of a bunch of motor-box, which does not limit me, I nevertheless was happy that we managed to find significant shortcomings in the ergonomics of the seats and the behavior of the suspension on the pavement. And then that way you can fall in love seriously. And it was for that car, by the way, one night was a small apartment outside Moscow.

Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on wheels

Great trip on the Skoda Kodiak: “odnushka” on colasoft: “Behind the wheel.Of the Russian Federation”

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