Gunmaker Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 assault rifle has been the weapon of choice for rebels and terrorists the world over for years, has opened a shop at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
An airport may seem an odd choice of venue for the store - which sells realistic model guns as well as hunting gear - but the company says Kalashnikov is a famous Russian brand and they expect tourists to snap up their souvenirs.
An airport official said the shop, which also offers novelties including pens, umbrellas, bags, hats, camouflage gear and 'I love AK' T-shirts, was in a section of Sheremetyevo separated from the departure gates by a rail link.
He said the automatic pistols and rifles on sale would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems.
'Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia,' said Kalashnikov's head of marketing, Vladimir Dmitriev.
'So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand,' he added.
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