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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

After Renault announced its departure this week from the Russian auto market amid the country's war with Ukraine, Moscow's mayor announced its factory will be used to restart the defunct Soviet-era Moskvich car brand.

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What's the deal with old men trying to make the world into the horrible place it was when they were younger?

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-05-17 11:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

From the people who brought your Russian armor ... behold, the Lada!

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-05-18 08:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#1 you mean the place they think it was when they were younger.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2022-05-18 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So far the big winner in this war is: memes.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-18 09:33 AM | Reply

Good luck with parts.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-05-18 09:37 AM | Reply

DOC

More affectionally known as "The Infamously Terrible Lada."

Put a couple handles on the back and it makes a really fancy wheelbarrow.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-05-18 10:12 AM | Reply

Will it still puff clouds of blue smoke from a tiny tailpipe?

#7 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-05-18 10:28 AM | Reply

YODAGIRL

That depends on whether or not the crank can start the car.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-05-18 11:01 AM | Reply

Didn't the rich in the USSR usually drive BMW's?

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-18 12:42 PM | Reply

Didn't the rich in the USSR usually drive BMW's?

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-18 12:42 PM | Reply

YuGo gurl!

Their cars are as reliable as their watches, I bet.

#11 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-05-18 02:41 PM | Reply

"Didn't the rich in the USSR usually drive BMW's?"

There were no "rich" in the USSR. Socialism doesn't permit it. But there were apparatchiks and nomenklatura who had better access to state-owned assets, such as dachas, cars, airplanes, westerns consumer goods, etc.

So they didn't own the cars-the state did-but the well connected generally were driven around in GAZ Volgas.

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-19 02:05 PM | Reply

"There were no "rich" in the USSR."

Have you tried comparing them to Honduras?
Let us know how that works out.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-19 02:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Have you tried comparing them to Honduras?"

There are rich people in Honduras.

In fact, even the poorest in Honduras are likely richer than the (legally) richest Soviet.

#14 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-19 02:27 PM | Reply

That's probably not true. It would be more accurate today to say that an average person living in a Soviet Socialist Republic was likely poorer than a poor person in Honduras.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-19 02:28 PM | Reply

So they didn't own the cars-the state did-but the well connected generally were driven around in GAZ Volgas.

#12 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2022-05-19 02:05 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Pikers. You weren't a rich communist unless you were driven around in a ZIL-4105, in the private-to-government ZiL lanes, with all traffic lights centrally controlled to facilitate your movement.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-05-19 02:40 PM | Reply

I read an article once about buying a car in the USSR. First, you had to save the full cost of the car, which was very expensive compared to Soviet wages. Then you paid the money to the manufacturer, getting your name on a list. Between 5-10 years later, you would receive your vehicle.

I think it would be similar to your average American buying a high-end European sports car.

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-20 01:22 AM | Reply

mudbummer knows a lot about these russian cars because his mom use to work in one.

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-20 04:49 PM | Reply

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