Abandoned AZLK Car Factory

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AZLK is a Soviet automobile factory situated in the South-East of Moscow, which was famous by producing various models of passenger car called Moskvich. In the first decade of the new century the factory was closed. Now one can see how this place looks nowadays. For the almost seven years it turned into ruins that remind the lost city of Chernobyl.

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photos by grohotailo
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41 thoughts on “Abandoned AZLK Car Factory”

  1. Was it closed in the 2000s? It doesn’t make sense. Why so many soviet slogans in the factory? It seems that the factory has been closed for 20 years or so.

    • For much of the ’90s AZLK was forced to leave cars half-finished outdoors in all waether for lack of money to pay suppliers for parts. When you can’t finish the product, you don’t have spare cash to redecorate.

  2. I want that sign in the first photo– “Quality work guaranteed”– I pay you for shipping to US. . . or maybe one of the smaller signs.

  3. I think it would cost a fortune if you are also responsible for the cleanup of all of the asbestos. Then again, this is Russia. Who cares about cancer.

    • If steel and copper prices are still outrageous, the cleanup should pay for itself.

      Then again Russia isn’t known for cleaning up industrial disasters or old facilities. Just walk away and forget about it.

  4. BTW small part of AZLK was rebuilt and it belongs to Renault-they are producing Logan now.
    Ant this year a new agreement was signed and Renault is expanding its production to this abandoned area %)

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  6. More top-grade photography, Grohotailo!

    was Photo # 38…

    http://englishrussia.com/images/abandoned_azlk_factory/38.jpg

    …instructions in case of WW-3, or in case of something more local? I’m only asking which–not to start more would-have/should-have/could-have noise. I actually frequent EnglishRussia for the pictures–not to follow the flame wars. Best regards.

  7. Exceptional site, where did you come up with the info in this piece? Im happy I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

  8. Having been just browsing for useful blog articles intended for the project research and I happened to stumble upon yours. Thanks for this helpful material!

  9. Hi,

    Please contact me, I can pick up lots of old Soviet things when I am visit my family in Russia. I will sell any signs or things you want for a good price.

  10. Same situation in USA – most factories in USA are abandoned by their own “patriots” who sent their jobs to China. Regarding this AZLK factory it is really ugly and depressing workplace and now wonder they produced such ugly cars there. A true MOSQUE WITCH. LOL

  11. Amazing and sad. I worked there in the early 70’s, for an English computer company (ICL), where we designed and installed the first computerized production control system based on our ICL System 4 computer (I gave classes in programming (in Russian) to their Russian staff. Where is Sasha Gul’ now?
    And where is Volodya Avdiisky?

    • Hello Harry. I remember that era as today. During 90’s the Armenian mafia grabbed in hands the factory and after that Volodya Avdijsky went to Z I L (heavy truck plant)— I suppose that he on pension now. Also after the full modernisation all the global CAD/CAM systems in the end of 90’s, total new equipment and nets were destroyed and moved to trash polygons. New giant super-modern and fully computerised engine plant (project created with Ricardo consult) was not started and soon disassembled — all its buildings were adapted to Renault. Sad…

    • George, thanks for that update. So, are Renault running a plant there now?
      I last saw Volodya and his family in December 1992, when he was still working at AZLK. Lost contact since then. Do you know any of his family?
      By the way, Ricardo consult; was that Ricardo Hitec, with HQ in UK and an office in Luxembourg?

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