Arms exhibition in Nizhny Tagil a success

The arms exhibition in the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil -- RUSSIAN EXPO ARMS-2002 -- has put up an "all-sold" sign, said the exhibition's organising committee.

Thursday is the first open day for visitors.

The Staratel test range, which hosts the event, has been thronged since morning. All entrance tickets are sold out.

On its closing day -- July 13 -- it will be visited by Yevgeny Primakov, head of Russia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former prime minister, as an honorary guest invited by Eduard Rossel personally, the Sverdlovsk region governor's press-service said.

Primakov will fly into Yekaterinburg (the administrative centre of the Sverdlovsk region) on July 12 and hold a working meeting with representatives of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Primakov also proposes to see enterprises of the Ural mining and metal company and inspect the construction of a memorial church at the site where the royal family was executed in 1918.