I can understand why the Russians want statues to The Great Patriotic War, fought for survival against a treacherous Nazi Germany that was hugely important in the eventual end of World War 2 for the allies.
I can also understand the desire to recognise the tools of this victory, such as the remarkably effective T-34 medium tank.
But a statue to the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle seems a bit odd. Firstly, because it was produced after WW2, but especially because of its history since then for unlicensed production, illicit black market trade and as the weapon of choice for revolutionaries, terrorists, drug cartels, pirates and criminals. It made the BBC news because the statue’s designer put the wrong parts diagram on a plate on the statue.
What the BBC did not say was the statue is unpopular locally and the unveiling of the statue to the AK47’s inventor resulted in the arrest of the sole protestor, link, proclaiming “a creator of weapons is a creator of death”.
But I am puzzled by the words of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin of the Russian Orthodox Church who describes it as “a sacred weapon”. What a strange Christian. But then, he also endorses female genital mutilation, so his opinion is not that worthwhile.
Incidentally, the roughly estimated 100 million genuine and copied AK-47s in the world are responsible for about a quarter of a million killings every year.