Russian Navy Commander Stole Two 13-Ton Bronze Propellers From His Own Destroyer

| January 13, 2021

Sovremenny DDG

Just checked, scrap bronze is now going for $1.82 per pound, which would explain the incentive. First article for a new member of the TAH Bullpen, Andy11M.


The Russian Navy says that a former commander of the now-decommissioned Sovremenny class destroyer Bespokoynyy conspired with others and stole the ship’s two bronze propellers while it was in dry dock being converted into a floating museum. The alleged caper sounds like it was ripped straight from the plot of a comedic Hollywood heist movie, with the thieves reportedly swapping out the pair of screws, each weighing approximately 13 tons, for ones made out of a cheaper metal.

Russian media outlet Interfax reported on Jan. 11, 2021, that Sergei Sharshavykh, head of the military investigation department of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet, confirmed that the investigation into the theft was nearly complete. The names of the former commander of the Bespokoynyy, or any of their accomplices, and what kind of jail time or fines they might be facing, were not disclosed. The two propellers are valued at approximately 39 million rubles, or just over $522,513 at the rate of exchange at the time of writing.

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Thanks, Andy11M.

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  1. Hack Stone says:

    Nice to see that the former Soviet Union also awards the highly coveted and rarely awarded Precious Metals Recovery Expert Badge. The guy has some bronze balls.

  2. The Stranger says:

    Hey, tovarisch…
    Hold my vodka!

    Also, your math is off by a factor of about 10 if the value of the bronze was $522,000.

  3. Claw says:

    Hmmm, maybe that Rooskie Commander will also get one of these later on in the Gulag:



  4. Mason says:

    Now that’s how you screw the navy.

  5. What a screwy story, and he’s really screwed if convicted and his savings and any money made on the screws should be held in escrew until his trial.

  6. Berliner says:

    Это пара бронзовых 13-тонных пропеллеров или вы просто счастливы меня видеть?

    (Is that a pair of bronze 13-ton propellers or are you just happy to see me?)

  7. Slow Joe says:

    Wow. The ruskies are still in the bronze age?

    How the hell they got nukes?
    Someone is cheating.

  8. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder if All-Points Logistics has expanded their overseas operations?

  9. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    “Claude Cooper and the Copper Clapper Caper”
    Thank you, Mr Johnny Carson

  10. Dustoff says:

    I remember a lot of E-4 Mafia types heading to the pawn shop after a weekend of hard partying, just to make to payday, but I see the Russian Squids have really stepped up their game in this area.