Monday, February 6, 2017

Likhachev Auto Works, Moscow, 1965

Nikolai Mikhailov.  Discovering the Soviet Union.  Moscow:  Progress Publishers, 1965.

About as bleak a photo of gray Soviet industry as I've ever seen.

The Stalin Auto Works was renamed to honour  Ivan Alexeivich Likhachev on his death in 1956.  He once ran the factory before becoming Soviet Minister of automobile transport and highways. Curiously for that Cold War era, he reportedly learned about auto manufacturing on his many trips to Detroit.

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