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Kalashnikov Academy students become National Technological Olympiad winners
Five students of the Kalashnikov Academy became finalists of the National Technological Olympiad, the largest Olympiad for schoolchildren in Russia. These are Andrei Bely, Mikhail Murzaev and Demid Babikov (Neuro. Artificial Intelligence), Artem Mikhailov (Space), and Maksim Taranenko (Robotics). The results of the final Artificial Intelligence stage were presented in Moscow. The Artificial Intelligence became the most popular and numerous in the 2022/23 season. The competitions were held at the Higher School of Economics and the Sberbank Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The finals took five days and included a subject tour (individual work on tasks in mathematics and computer science) and a profile tour (team work on an AI task). “This olympiad lasted for unforgettable seven days: hundred kids from different parts of Russia and other countries and I experienced a variety of emotions. We all had to go through technical challenges that eventually brought us together. The finals brought together some motivated, purposeful and smart guys whom it was very interesting to communicate with. The leaderboard was constantly changing since everyone wanted to get to the top. At the award ceremony, I learned that all my efforts were justified as I became the prize winner. I was awarded valuable technical prizes and a diploma. I am sure that this experience will help me get enrolled in the best university this summer," says Andrei Bely, the winner of the olympiad. This is the largest technological olympiad in Russia: its prize winners enjoy significantly simplified admission to the country's leading universities.
10 March
Alan Lushnikov: being able to defend oneself and the country with firearms in one's hands is a vital necessity
"It is necessary to get back to firearms training in educational institutions: we all already understand that being able to defend oneself and the country with firearms in one's hands is a vital necessity in the modern world," says Alan Lushnikov, President of Kalashnikov Concern JSC, while speaking live on SOLOVYEVLIVE channel. According to him, the country approached a situation in 2021 in which the degradation of weapons production in Russia began. The reasons for this are as follows: • extremely inconvenient regulation of everything related to firearms; • almost total degradation of the mass shooting infrastructure; • failing prestige of possession of weapons, crimes committed with weapons, and loss of hunting skills; • risk of loss of a number of competencies on the part of the small arms manufacturers. “The ability to use small arms began to be perceived as part of a militarized Soviet person. Some youth subcultures completely rejected not only the possession of weapons, but the defense of the motherland. Later, mass media began to instill phobias of gun ownership in the Russian society. The agenda about the high hazard of weapons is constantly exaggerated. That guns kill. The emphasis was deliberately shifted from a person using the weapons to the small arms themselves," says Alan Lushnikov. According to the president of the Concern, the point of view that the introduction of firearms training is extremely dangerous, also for schoolchildren, is being imposed on the society. That it is required to introduce additional prohibitions and restrictions. But here's the question: why hasn't there been a single school shooting in the entire history of the USSR? Worldwide experience in combating mass shootings suggests the following: half of all weapons used in crimes is obtained on the black market, or stolen. The tightening of law regarding the legal circulation of weapons leads to an increase in illegal circulation of weapons. The solution is the training in order to develop a responsible approach to the possession of weapons, the return to firearms training in educational institutions, and the restoration of shooting range infrastructure. “As for the safety of our children in schools, it is necessary to approach the prevention of this social phenomenon only in a comprehensive manner.” Namely: First thing, use the technical means to protect schools more intensively. Second thing, it is necessary to conduct an experiment on introduction of school inspectors or school marshals, the way it is done abroad. These people need to be given additional rights, including the screening, use of restrictions, and participation in the prevention of antisocial behavior. Third thing, ensure proper operation of the existing electronic systems for prevention of violations – first of all, the Bezopasny Gorod (Safe City). It should be noted that the Kazan shooter walked through the city without hiding his weapons. Nobody stopped him. Fourth thing, when designing buildings and structures for educational institutions, it is necessary to provide for them with premises or equipment aimed specifically at ensuring proper safety of students as a mandatory part of their standard design. Fifth thing, it is necessary to impose restrictions on dissemination of information about attacks on educational organizations since this contributes to false glorification of criminals.
9 March
Igor Mitrofanov and Sergei Korshun in AK: No Fiction project
Igor Mitrofanov and Sergei Korshun, retired colonels and veterans of the Alpha and Sigma special forces units (the latter created under the Federal Border Service of the Russian Federation) became the heroes of the new story in the special AK: No Fiction project. They graduated from the Golitsyn Higher Border Military and Political School of the KGB and completed a brilliant military path in the ranks of the domestic special forces. Igor Mitrofanov guarded the state border, then served in the legendary Alpha group, fought in Afghanistan, and then actively participated in the creation of the Sigma border special unit as ordered by the head of the Federal Border Service of Russia and led it for almost three years. Sergei Korshun got into Alpha group immediately upon graduation, and later, he became a member of the Sigma group. The Kalashnikov assault rifle has been the key firearms of the special forces throughout this challenging and dangerous path. Igor Mitrofanov recalls how Mikhail Kalashnikov came to Golitsyn School and presented a green rifle to it. By the way, much attention was paid to firearms training at school: Sergei Korshun says a border guard must run fast and hit the eye of a squirrel. The same requirements were imposed in the special forces: accurately hit all types of targets with different types of small arms from any distance. The heroes will tell about their military missions to the North Caucasus during which they fought against the alcohol mafia, returned 800 meters of the Russian territory illegally appropriated by the Georgians. The special forces unit detained 32 violators of the state border in just one night. In a word, the veterans of the Alpha and Sigma groups will remember a lot. The video explains why it was important to have 7.62 mm and 5.45 mm Kalashnikov assault rifles at the border and also what role the warming up of the Kalashnikov assault rifle barrels played. However, the main thing that the special forces officers emphasize is that the Kalashnikov assault rifle is an all-purpose weapon for any special forces unit: it never fails in extreme conditions where military men have to perform their tasks. According to Igor Mitrofanov, AK is the best rifle, "the brand for the entire world." Special forces veterans also tested modern small arms developed by the Kalashnikov Concern: a 5.45 mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle, a 9 mm Kalashnikov PPK-20 submachine gun, a 9 mm PLK Lebedev pistol, and a 7.62 mm Chukavin sniper rifle. Igor Mitrofanov and Sergei Korshun in AK: No Fiction project
9 March

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