MOSCOW, August 18 -- The gun maker Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 assault rifle has armed Russian forces for 70 years and been the preferred weapon of insurgents across continents, has opened a store at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport selling souvenirs including plastic model guns.
An airport official said the shop, offering novelties including pens, umbrellas, bags, hats, camouflage gear and "I love AK" T-shirts, would be situated in the rail-link section of the airport complex. The model guns -- automatic pistols and rifles -- would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems, he added.
"Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia," Vladimir Dmitriev, Kalashnikov's head of marketing, said in a press release.
"So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand."
The AK-47, the first rifle the firm produced, has acquired an iconic status due to its low production costs and reliability in extreme conditions. It was introduced in 1948, armed the whole of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in communist times and served largely pro-Soviet rebel forces across Africa and Asia.
Produced also under licence beyond Russian frontiers, it remains one of the most popular assault rifles in the world.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is Moscow's and Russia's largest airport by passenger traffic. In 2015, it handled more than 31 million passengers.
One of the top authors of The Peet Journal is Pete McGea. As a native born Scotsman, Pete
Editor in Chief
As Editor in chief I manage and oversee the content produced for publications or websites. This includes reviewing all content produced, such as articles and photographs, developing strategies and style guidelines, and representing the brand at social events throughout the year. I work in an office-based environment and typically work full time, although they may be required to work additional hours, particularly around deadlines. I have a strong business acumen, excellent writing and proofreading skills, networking and interpersonal skills, and the ability to guide a team towards business goals. By the way, my name is Lora Smith.