A guy took a very good replica of AK-74 (which can not be distinguished by sight or by weight from the actual gun; you’d have to look very closely to see it wasn’t made to shoot) and took a stroll through Moscow streets during the May 9th parade as a social experiment.
May 9th freaking parade. Streets closed for traffic and chock full of people. A policeman on every corner. A guy with what looks like a potential mass murder weapon unless you look down the barrel with a flashlight. (click on that link above, guys. I know you can’t read Russian; look at those photos. There’s more. I’ll wait.)
Nobody so much as glanced twice in his direction. Police was busy grabbing oppositioners left and right; some people were detained because they wore “signs of opposition” - white and red ribbons (also mentioned here). These, mind you, were the people who didn’t chant any slogans; who weren’t trying to antagonize police; who didn’t move in an organized file. They were just taking a stroll through the park. But they, of course, posed so much more threat than a guy with a firearm.
I never had a lot of faith in how my country is run, but this is something else.