Sanchez of Kazakhstan brought up the UAZ in the 1995 movie Strange Days. I thought I'd share two quick thoughts.
1. Before the movie was released, I got word that the studio was going to show it free to everyone for one night, so long as everyone stayed after and gave the filmmakers feedback about the movie. (This was at the old movie theater in Emeryville next to PPP.) They had not made the final version yet and were still tweaking it. I remember how blown away I was by Angela Bassett being the first strong female character in an action film.
2. I tell this to everyone, but I've seen a UAZ here in America. I was walking in DuPont Circle in Washington, DC when I saw one with diplomatic plates parked.