Russian Cars Around the World: Style and History

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Russian cars can be encountered in many countries around the world. Sturdy and reliable, they are favored in many regions, from the Middle East to the Caribbean.

Russian cars can be encountered in many countries around the world. Sturdy and reliable, they are favored in many regions, from the Middle East to the Caribbean.

© Flickr / Ed YourdonRussian cars can be found in many countries around the world.

Above: Russian cars in Havana, Cuba. December 2011.
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Russian cars can be found in many countries around the world.

Above: Russian cars in Havana, Cuba. December 2011.
© REUTERS / Enrique De La OsaReynaldo Perez cleans his Lada 1200 built in 1980 on a street in downtown Havana February 7, 2015. The former Soviet Union began exporting its cheaply built models to Cuba in the 1970s until production began to peter out a decade ago.
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Reynaldo Perez cleans his Lada 1200 built in 1980 on a street in downtown Havana February 7, 2015. The former Soviet Union began exporting its cheaply built models to Cuba in the 1970s until production began to peter out a decade ago.
© AP Photo / Rodrigo AbdSturdy and reliable, they are favored in many regions, from the Middle East to the Caribbean.

Above: Russian car in Lima, Peru. October 1, 2014.
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Sturdy and reliable, they are favored in many regions, from the Middle East to the Caribbean.

Above: Russian car in Lima, Peru. October 1, 2014.
© REUTERS / Javier GaleanoA woman walks past a Moskvich car in front of Fabian Zakharov's Zakharov Auto Parts shop in Hialeah, Florida, February 4, 2015. Zakharov, 40, is Miami's go-to man for visiting Cubans or those with family on the island who need parts for the thousands of Russian-made Ladas and Moskvichs that dominate the country's cracked streets.
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A woman walks past a Moskvich car in front of Fabian Zakharov's Zakharov Auto Parts shop in Hialeah, Florida, February 4, 2015. Zakharov, 40, is Miami's go-to man for visiting Cubans or those with family on the island who need parts for the thousands of Russian-made Ladas and Moskvichs that dominate the country's cracked streets.
© Flickr / Evgeni ZotovRussian cars can mostly be encountered in the former Soviet republics or countries that used to be the allies of the USSR.

Above: Russian cars in Alexandria, Egypt.
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Russian cars can mostly be encountered in the former Soviet republics or countries that used to be the allies of the USSR.

Above: Russian cars in Alexandria, Egypt.
© Flickr / Brian ShraderRussian Lada in Bellevue, Washington, United States.
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Russian Lada in Bellevue, Washington, United States.
© Flickr / photobeppusThe Lada 110 in a Budapest street, near the Keleti Station.
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The Lada 110 in a Budapest street, near the Keleti Station.
© Flickr / michaël stoneRussian cars are probably the most frequently seen remnant of the Soviet past in the former republics of the USSR.

Above: Russian car in Riga, Latvia.
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Russian cars are probably the most frequently seen remnant of the Soviet past in the former republics of the USSR.

Above: Russian car in Riga, Latvia.
© Flickr / mangopulp2008Russian-made Volga in Mayfair, London, UK.
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Russian-made Volga in Mayfair, London, UK.
© Flickr / WasileInside a GAZ 21 Volga.
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Inside a GAZ 21 Volga.
© East News / A. Demotes/PhotononstopA green Russian car drives down the street in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
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A green Russian car drives down the street in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
© East News / Antonino SavojardoA Russian car in Armenia.
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A Russian car in Armenia.
© AP Photo / SandenjrKim Il Sung (waving from the car) drives down the Stalin Allee in East Berlin in a Russian-made automobile.
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Kim Il Sung (waving from the car) drives down the Stalin Allee in East Berlin in a Russian-made automobile.
© The Secret Life of Walter MittyA Russian-made Niva seen in the movie 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013).
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A Russian-made Niva seen in the movie 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013).
© Photo : http://www.uazitaliaclub.itThe sturdy qualities of Russian cars are also appreciated in some Western European countries, such as Italy.
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The sturdy qualities of Russian cars are also appreciated in some Western European countries, such as Italy.
© Photo : http://www.uazitaliaclub.itRussian UAZ in Italy.
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Russian UAZ in Italy.
© Photo : http://www.uazitaliaclub.itIn 1999, several Italian enthusiasts created an association called UAZ Italia which united the fans of that particular automobile brand in the country.
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In 1999, several Italian enthusiasts created an association called UAZ Italia which united the fans of that particular automobile brand in the country.
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