I would guess that this is a picture of a Russian ship just after the former Soviet Union collapsed. The Russian crews were buying up second hand LADA anywhere they could get them.
I asked one of them; why not buy Volvo or Volkswagen or whatever?
Because you cannot find spare parts, or people who know how to “trick fix” them. Lada. plenty spares and any idiot can fix them.
PS> On a Vietnamese rig with partly Russian crews that had been in Singapore for repairs, the pipe rack was full of Ladas and the sack store full of old washing machines, fridges and old bicycles. All going to Sakhalin by the next supply boat heading that way from Vung Tau.