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BelAZ 540 mine dumper, 1970s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A factory–new mine dumper BelAZ 540 (45–tons payload) in the Zhodzina plant (Belarus), in the early 70’s. (photo: URSS 75 yearbook © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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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 …