On Wednesday President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev presented in Astana a Dostyk (Friendship) Order of the 1st Class to the well-known Russian armourer Mikhail Kalshnikov who designed a legendary submachine gun. Nazarbayev stressed that the Order was being presented "taking Mikhail Kalashnikov's immense services into consideration". The president noted that the first Kalashnikov submachine gun was designed in Kazakhstan.
Kalashnikov arrived in Kazakhstan on May 2 at the invitation of the commander of the National Guard of the republic.
The Russian armourer also visited Matai station where, after being wounded at the front in 1941, he made his first submachine gun.