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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Support for Auto Industry Not Reflected in Officials' Garages

For MTA Hymer Cap recreational vehicle, the model that Shuvalov claims to own.��
State officials often talk of supporting Russian carmakers in their anti-crisis meetings, but in their private lives they almost exclusively use luxury, foreign-made cars.

Since President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin published statements on their 2008 earnings and property Monday, Cabinet officials have been following suit. From the statements available Wednesday, only three ministers besides Putin own Russian cars, and even those are sought-after, classic models.

In December, Putin said at an industry meeting that it was "unacceptable to spend money on imported cars." Perhaps to lead by example, he told AvtoVAZ workers last month that he was buying a Lada Niva. Others, however, have been less enthused about getting into a Russian car, according to the 20 declarations available so far.

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and his wife, Olga, own a Zil-41047 -- a Soviet limousine, the last of which was made especially for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2003. The Shuvalov fleet also includes three Mercedes-Benz sedans and one SUV, as well as a Jaguar and a Ford Hymer Camp recreational vehicle.

Putin's other first deputy, Viktor Zubkov, owns a 1965 GAZ, though the report does not say what model, and a Toyota. Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu declared a GAZ-12 ZIM, a retro 1957 limo.

The declarations showed that officials prefer Audi and Mercedes sedans and Porsche's Cayenne SUV. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who owns an Audi A6, told lawmakers this week that state support of AvtoVAZ would make the Tolyatti-made cars "world-class."