Security Exhibit Shows Off Russia's Best

MTA vendor showing firefighting equipment from the company Sopot at the All-Russia Exhibition Center on Wednesday.
Dancing children armed with toy weapons and dressed in military garb opened a five-day security exhibition at the All-Russia Exhibition Center on Wednesday.

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu and Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev proudly surveyed the vast array of defense and safety equipment built for security forces, customs officers, border guards and nuclear and Internet experts, among others.

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Children dressed as sailors, Revolution-era soldiers and Cossacks dancing on the sidelines of a parade that opened a security exhibition at the All-Russia Exhibition Center on Wednesday. The exhibition features more than 500 companies from 15 countries and runs through Sunday.
"In another two or three years, all the world -- not just 20 or 30 countries -- will come here to compete with our developments," Shoigu said in a welcoming speech at the Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition.

About 500 companies from 15 countries are participating in the exhibit, organizers said. Much of the equipment on exhibit will be shown in operation Friday at an Emergency Situations Ministry training ground in the Moscow region town of Noginsk, Shoigu said.

Children dressed as Navy sailors, Cossacks, revolutionary-era soldiers and modern-day troops paraded through the grounds of the All-Russia Exhibition during the opening ceremony. Gymnasts swung on ropes overhead, and a military band played rousing tunes.

The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs 100 to 1,100 ruble