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Russia's retro cars

A cat sits in front of a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles in the village of Chernousovo, Tula region, Russia. In the remote village of Chernousovo, retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets tends to more than 300 ramshackle, Soviet-era cars, remnants of a once vibrant auto industry that crumbled with the fall of the Soviet Union. 
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A cat sits in front of a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles in the village of Chernousovo, Tula region, Russia. In the remote village of Chernousovo, retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets...more

A cat sits in front of a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles in the village of Chernousovo, Tula region, Russia. In the remote village of Chernousovo, retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets tends to more than 300 ramshackle, Soviet-era cars, remnants of a once vibrant auto industry that crumbled with the fall of the Soviet Union. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets speaks to visitors at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles. Krasinets purchased his first car in 1981 when he worked at the AZLK factory in Moscow which produced the popular Moskvitch model, its name meaning a native of Moscow. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets speaks to visitors at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles. Krasinets purchased his first car in 1981 when he worked at the AZLK factory in Moscow which produced the popular Moskvitch...more

Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets speaks to visitors at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles. Krasinets purchased his first car in 1981 when he worked at the AZLK factory in Moscow which produced the popular Moskvitch model, its name meaning a native of Moscow. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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An interior view shows a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets. Over time, his hobby began taking up more and more space and eventually Krasinets was forced to relocate his beloved vintage cars, which included Moskvitch, Volga and other models.

"In Moscow I had trouble storing my equipment," he said. "I consulted with my wife. We needed to leave and come here to our dacha." REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

An interior view shows a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets. Over time, his hobby began taking up more and more space and eventually Krasinets was forced to relocate his beloved vintage cars, which included Moskvitch, Volga and...more

An interior view shows a retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets. Over time, his hobby began taking up more and more space and eventually Krasinets was forced to relocate his beloved vintage cars, which included Moskvitch, Volga and other models. "In Moscow I had trouble storing my equipment," he said. "I consulted with my wife. We needed to leave and come here to our dacha." REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are seen in the tall grass. Most of the cars in his collection are rusty and dented and parts are strewn among the maze of vehicles on the property.

But to Krasinets, they are invaluable relics of the past.

"I'd rather go hungry than sell anything," he said. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are seen in the tall grass. Most of the cars in his collection are rusty and dented and parts are strewn among the maze of vehicles on the property. But to Krasinets, they are invaluable relics...more

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are seen in the tall grass. Most of the cars in his collection are rusty and dented and parts are strewn among the maze of vehicles on the property. But to Krasinets, they are invaluable relics of the past. "I'd rather go hungry than sell anything," he said. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is reflected in a window. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is reflected in a window. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is reflected in a window. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Former auto racer and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets looks on at an open-air museum of Soviet-made vehicles. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Former auto racer and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets looks on at an open-air museum of Soviet-made vehicles. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Former auto racer and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets looks on at an open-air museum of Soviet-made vehicles. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A sign for an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles is seen on a house of retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A sign for an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles is seen on a house of retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A sign for an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles is seen on a house of retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is seen in the tall grass. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is seen in the tall grass. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A retro car owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets is seen in the tall grass. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets repairs a car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets repairs a car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retired mechanic and retro car collector, Mikhail Krasinets repairs a car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The Moskvich emblem is seen on a retro car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The Moskvich emblem is seen on a retro car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The Moskvich emblem is seen on a retro car. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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