Russian President Vladimir Putin has guns on the brain – he recently compared the Olympic torch to an AK-47.
Putin paid a visit to St. Petersburg Thursday and watched the torch being taken apart and put back together. Apparently the ancient symbol’s gas tube looked similar to the AK-47’s, prompting the former KGB honcho to quip,
“No matter what you try and make in Russia, it always turns out like a Kalashnikov,” he joked.
Putin’s remarks drew smiles from International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and Sochi 2014 chief organizer Dmitry Chernyshenko. Next year’s Winter Olympics will include 14,000 torchbearers and a record-breaking 65,000 kilometer route through Russia.
It’s not uncommon to see the Russian president brandishing a Kalashnikov – he’s been shown shooting the storied firearm in its various forms, along with other guns, on several occasions.