The manufacturers of the infamous and iconic AK-47 assault rifle have opened a Kalashnikov branded store at SVO selling life-size imitation machine guns to pax.
The bizarre shop also offers customers the opportunity to bag an AK-47 key ring, umbrella or “I love AK” T-shirt.
The store’s opening comes as airport security gets stricter after Islamic State terrorists used AK-47s as well as explosive devices during the November Paris attacks and Brussels bombings.
Also produced under licence beyond Russian borders, the weapon — famed for its durability and reliability— has armed Russian forces for 70 years. It is the gun of choice for terrorists, insurgents and narcotics gangs.
An airport official says the model guns — automatic pistols and rifles — would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems.
Vladimir Dmitriev, head of the company’s marketing, said: “Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia. So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand.”
Social media has reacted, as you might well expect, with many noting the absurdity in selling imitation firearms in an airport. Twitter reactions varied between outrage and disbelief.
One person wrote: “Thank god for that! Kalashnikov have opened a shop at Moscow Airport. Because that’s what the world needs right now.”
Another said: “There is now a Kalashnikov booth at the Moscow airport from where you can buy gun replicas. Peak Russia right there.”