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1st Gear: Not Like The Russian Car Industry Is Great
Russia has produced many cars, but with a few exceptions (GAZ-21, Lada Niva) they've rarely produced any car you'd consider great. That's why the influx of foreign investment and knowledge was so important to what looked like was going to be a growing car industry in Russia for this decade.
Yeah, not so much now.
Vladimir Putin's strong defense of freedom and self determination, which some western commenters have misrepresented as him just being a huge dick to fuel nationalistic Russian tendencies in an attempt ot expand his power at the expense of nearly anything else in a country whose history has bee shaped by a seemingly endless cycle of totalitarians, has had a negative impact on car sales.