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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military Auctions Leftovers

Armored personnel carriers, space engines and military uniforms were auctioned off in Moscow in the first sale of surplus military equipment by the Russian government.


According to Izvestia, the auction was legal, carried out under a decree by President Boris Yeltsin on using unnecessary military property.


The sale took place on Tuesday at the Moscow Trade Chamber and is being handled by the Defense Ministry. Among the items were armored personnel carriers with machine guns removed and tractors with tracks to go over snow and marshes.


The majority of the sale was less specifically military: Volga cars, Gaz trucks, boots and uniforms, netting a total of about 168 million rubles ($292, 000).


Earlier this month, a sale of surplus military equipment in Kharkov, Ukraine provoked a scandal when high-tech weapons valued at $2 billion, including a Zenith mobile rocket-launcher, were put on sale.


Such technology is excluded from the Russian law allowing the sale of the surplus equipment. The money realized from the sale will go to help pay for housing for Russian officers.