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Lada cars have been a symbol of Russia's self-reliance since they began rolling off assembly lines during the depths of the Cold War. On Wednesday, Lada’s factory floors ground to a halt as Western sanctions deprived its parent company of parts and supplies it needs to make cars.

Lada’s factory floors ground to a halt as Western sanctions deprived its parent company of the parts and supplies it needs to make cars. Thousands of workers have been placed on leave. The disruption shows how Russia's economy is beginning to feel the bite of sanctions the West imposed on Moscow.

During Soviet times, Lada’s parent company AvtoVAZ erected a giant factory on the banks of the Volga River. The Togliatti plant relies on a Renault factory in Romania for subassembly and components. More than 20% of the Avtovaz's parts—from connectors to key electronics—come from outside Russia.

It would take months or even years to get production up and running again without the support of Renault. Workers unwilling to use their vacation days will be paid part of their monthly income while they are on leave. Employees working in spare parts production and distribution, as well as customer service will keep a full working schedule.
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