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Ashgabat Hotel, early 70s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, in a early 70s picture. A GAZ-21 Volga (1962 model) passes next to  the “Ashgabat” Hotel, built in 1969 in a modernist/brutalist style by drawings of Soviet architets A. Akhmedov, F. Aliyev, V. Vysotin, V. Kutomov. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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GAZ–24 Volga, 1971 soviet stamp

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A Soviet postage stamp (10 kopeks) depicting the GAZ–2401 Volga, nicknamed “Barja” (barge), an executive car produced between 1970 and 1985 by GAZ plant in Nižnij Novgorod, Russia. (Matsievsky/Commons)

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Moskvitch 412, 1971 Soviet stamp

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A 1971 Soviet postage stamp depicting a 1967 Moskvitch 412 small car, produced by Russian AZLK in Moscow (it was the automobile factory owned by the Komsomol.) (Matsievsky/Commons)

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Zaporizhia automobile building plant in 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

ZAZ is the main automobile manufacturer of Ukraine, based in the south-eastern city of Zaporizhia: its name is in fact the acronym of “Zaporiz’kyj Avtomobilebudivel’nyj Zavod” (Ukrainian: ЗАЗ, Запорізький автомобілебудівельний завод), meaning exactly “Zaporizhia automobile building plant”. During Soviet Era, ZAZ designed and built a series of compact–cars (called “Zaporozhets”) accessible to the public. In this early 1970s pictures you can see some ZAZ-968‘s being assembled in the Zaporizha …