@mark i 2
Ladas were originally Fiat-Russian and are now Renault owned. I think the last Soviet-era looking Lada was produced till about 2010. The East German factory manager I knew in the early 90s had one till he emigrated to the West and drove it to France and back when the Wall came down; they were designed to be serviced by the kind of people who owned them (i.e. taxi drivers, engineers and mechanics) and lasted a long time if looked after.
They were better made than the Ural a friend rather foolishly bought which kept losing compression till he discovered the cylinder studs were made of mild steel and kept stretching.