Urban Legends: The Black Volga.

This is the first entry in a new series where I discuss interesting urban legends from various points in time and their cultural relevance.

The story of the Black Volga is an urban legend where the vehicle would supposedly kidnap children and other undesirables to be dispatched or harvested by a group of shadowy government agents or entities. While the identity and motive of the captors may vary from story to story the main theme of government paranoia during iron-fisted fascist regimes, always remain in tact. 

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The Volga was a popular vehicle in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It was typically driven by affluent businessmen, politicians, and other higher class citizens at the time. It could effectively be seen as Russia’s answer to the ever popular Lincoln Continental driven by the statesmen here in the U.S during that era.

Children or detractors of the Communist Party were said to be picked up by the Volga, killed, and drained of their blood. Their blood would then be used for leukemia treatments for Russia’s rich elite. This also goes for people who wished to challenge the Volga, if you saw it, you were dead or missing within 24 hours.

Usually, the story ends with the captor finding out that the driver of the car was either the government elite, vampires, or even Satan himself. The car would then disappear into the darkness, never to be seen again.

Very creepy story that truly highlights the fear people had during the 60’s and 70’s. It’s an effective metaphor for the murky motives of the ruling powers.

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