While Ladas and Zastavas were all fine and good for the workers, the big shots rolled in a ZIL. The company was born as ZIS at the hands of the Fathers of the USSR - including but not limited to Stalin himself. The Post-Stalinist ZIL brought American styling cues into the mix with the likes of Yuri Gagarin and Nikita Kruschev waving from the drop top. Current Russian President Vladimir Putin rolled into the 2001 G8 Summit in a restored ZIL-111, but did not take off any shoes.
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