Dashboard-mounted cameras are common in Russia, where they are seen as a form of protection against insurance fraud and a corrupt police force. In a country ranked 133rd on Transparency International's corruption index (in which 1 is least corrupt), police have been known to crash into drivers to extort money from them.
Cameras have caught some bizzare incidents on Russian roads, much to the delight of YouTube viewers. Footage from dozens of dashboard cameras were uploaded after a meteor entered the sky over the Ural city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15.
Meteorite crash in Russia: Video of meteorite explosion that stirred panic in Urals region
In the Russian legal system, verbal evidence is not permissible in road accident disputes, something exploited by criminal gangs who will run drivers off the road and file false insurance claims against them.
Why was the Russian meteorite captured on so many dashboard cameras?
There is footage from the dashboard camera and the opposition has a copy of this… You can see what car it is, a Porsche Cayenne. You can see the licence plate. You can see the faces of the villains. You can see what they did and how they did it, not just from the dashboard camera.
– Oleh Tyahnybok, Svoboda Party leader
The beating of activist reporter Tetyana Chornovil was recorded by her dashboard camera on Dec. 24. Ukrainian authorities say they have apprehended two suspects and are looking for a third.
Ukrainian activist reporter Tetyana Chornovol hospitalized after beating.