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Vladimir Putin Orders Grand State Celebration of Kalashnikov Centennial

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a grand, state celebration to mark the centennial of Russia’s most renowned arms maker. Putin has described the products of rifle manufacturer Kalashnikov as “modern art” and Tuesday ordered that the man behind the famous brand should be given an honor usually only bequeathed to poets and laureats. The 100th birthday of Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose company invented arguably the most iconic Soviet gun, the AK-47 assault rifle, will be planned by state officials from local and federal agencies, according to a request from the Kremlin.
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