In most of Russian cities this GAZ mini buses are the most common means of people transportation. Millions of them run on the Russian streets carrying people. The GAZ buses are used because they are extremely cheap, new vehicle costs only about $4000 and this cost is covered in two months. Most of the drivers are migrants from the Southern ex-Soviet countries (Azerbajan, Armenia etc) even sometimes without a proper driver's license and they all get the
share of the daily amount they earn with this mini-bus so they often make real races with each other to pickup the passengers from the bus-stops. Russian people realize all the dangers of such transportation and often hate it but there is no really other alternative - only big public buses which you have to wait up to 30 minutes on the bus-stop while those small things come each second minute, so people use it..