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9 Cars Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Taken For A Spin

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From Formula One race car to Aurus Senat, check out 9 cars which Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken for a spin.

Putin once gave Ex-US president George Bush and Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a lift in one of these cars.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ditched his foreign-made state car by launching his Aurus Senat Limousine during his inauguration in 2018.





Before the 7-tonnes Limousine, the armoured Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard was Putin’s favourite official state car.

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Despite being a leader that loves to be ferried around in heavily fortified cars, Putin is also known to enjoy getting behind the wheel himself.

The former KGB agent has a soft spot for Soviet/Russian-made cars. He once gave Ex-US president George Bush and Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a lift in his cars.

Below are 9 cars which Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken for a spin.

1) ZAZ-968

The ZAZ-968, unfortunately known as the “clumsiest” Soviet car, was the first vehicle Putin drove.

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The car was a gift from his mother. Along the line, Putin sold it to one of his KGB colleagues.

He reunited the ZAZ-968 when he became president, and it now resides in his garage.

2) Formula 1 car

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Vladimir Putin just cannot stay away from manly pursuits.

In 2010, the-then Russian prime minister took a Formula One race car out for a spin, reaching speeds of almost 150 mph.

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Reacting to how cramped the race car was, he said :

“Even in my Zaporozhets (his first car – ZAZ-968), I had more space,”

3) GAZ-21 Volga

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Putin has been spotted behind the wheel of his 1956 GAZ-21 Volga.

In 2005, he allowed U.S. President George W. Bush to take the drivers seat in his Volga after their meeting at Putin’s Presidential Residence.

4) Aurus Senat sedan

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Putin got behind the steering wheel to show Egypt’s Abdel Fatah el-Sisi what the Formula 1 circuit in Sochi looks like, picking an Aurus sedan from his motorcade for the job.

5) KAMAZ

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Putin got behind the wheels of a KAMAZ truck during the opening ceremony of the Kerch Strait Bridge (aka Crimean Bridge) on May 15, 2018.

The president personally led a convoy of 36 construction trucks that crossed Europe’s longest bridge in just 16 minutes.

6) NIVA

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Putin is also a fan classic Russian-made Lada NIVA.

He once use the SUV for fishing trips.

“It’s 100 percent guaranteed to pass where Mercedez cannot, it drives well in the snow,”

7) Mercedes ML

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Putin is also a fan of German cars. In 2017, the Kremlin strongman rocked up at the ancient Valaam Monastery in a Mercedes ML with a mystery lady in the passenger seat.

8) Yo-Mobil prototype

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The Yo-Mobil was a planned series type hybrid electric car that never saw the light of day.

Putin managed to drive one before the project was sold to the Russian government for €1 in 2014.

As of 2020, no production vehicles were ever produced.

9) LADA Kalina

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In 2010, Putin embarked on a four-day, 2,000-km road trip across Russia’s Far East in a Lada Kalina.

Putin was impressed, calling the car “outstanding.”





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