There seem to be two types of cab drivers in New York City: Ones that will break any and every law to get you where you need to be and ones that will abide by laws that don't even exist yet.
The first kind will get you to your destination — if you survive — way faster. In Russia, there is only one kind of cabbie, and thankfully it's the insane kind.
It seems this cabbie realized that there were more fares in the other direction. Instead of making a responsible three point turn, he just says 'screw it' and goes drifting in the middle of the intersection.
You sir, are a true Russian hero. Hell, he's now an American hero too.