I am Russian, I am not a member of any clubs but I go to gatherings and know most of the active people there.
I was travelling abroad more then inside my country, but still there are some cool things that happenned to me there.
Onse I got a ride from a wedding limo returning from service. It was full of empty champagne glasses and rubbish, and the driver was trying to convince me I have to get married asap. I hitched this ride on Moscow beltway (MKAD), I actually didn´t stick my thumb for the limo, just waved him hello, because I thought it wouldn´t stop. It did. Funne anough the next ride was from a motorbike!
Another story from MKAD - a ride from a guy who was following somebody. He was on the radiop like "hey, do you see the object? the object turns, i am following him, don´t get too close...". The guy was driving like 200 km per hour.
Vologda region, a car with transit plates stops. Huge bold guy wearing leather jacket.
- The front seat is busy, seat behind. Oh, and move the Kalashnikov first! (it was on a backseat).
I had Chechnian war veterans, USSR soccer team player, consulate workers, businessmen, drunk people and even women (it used to be pretty uncommon) giving me rides.