I Went On Holiday To Russia And All I Got Was This Lousy Replica Kalashnikov Automatic Assault Rifle

Meanwhile, with the international arms trade treaty being discussed in Geneva this week, it’s a strange time for Kalashnikov to be touting its weaponised souvenirs. AK-47s, the workhorse weapon of the post-war Red Army and the armament used by countless insurgent groups, has in all probability been responsible for the deaths of more civilians around the world than any other weapon since its introduction in 1947. The AK-47’s inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, lauded by the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, approached the end of his long life with growing doubts about what he’d done in creating his eponymous weapon.

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