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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Expo Shows Off Latest Police Toys

MTEleven-year-old Karina taking aim with a Glock pistol, one of many weapons on display at Interpolitex, which opened Saturday.
Shiny Austrian pistols, Russian cars magically transformed into well-equipped police vehicles, easily concealed tiny stun guns and sophisticated surveillance systems. These are just some of the items average Russian cops can only dream of using in their everyday work but can check out this week at the All-Russian Exhibition Center, or VVTs.

Interpolitex, the fourth annual expo of security equipment, is showcasing the achievements of some 280 Russian and foreign companies. It opened Saturday in honor of Police Day.

Organized by the Interior Ministry, this year's expo is more focused on weapons and devices to deal with terrorist attacks and prevent explosions, largely in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. On display are dozens of weapons from world-famous manufacturers, high-tech scanners for explosives and devices designed to localize blasts.

At many stands displaying weapons, visitors are allowed to try out the guns in a shooting gallery. The opportunity does not extend to grenade launchers and stun guns, though.

Glock brought its handguns to the expo for the first time. But Herbert Weikinger, international marketing and sales director for the Austrian company, said it has no expectation for high sales in Russia because of the strict gun laws. Glock guns are also considerably more expensive than others on the Russian market, he said. The company's best sales in the CIS are in Kazakhstan, followed by Georgia, Weikinger said.

On Sunday, there was a heavy presence at the expo of high-ranking officers from the police, Federal Security Service, army and navy, who tried on the latest designs in uniforms and jammed into a section of the expo that is closed to the general public.

Although popular with average cops -- who wandered between the exhibits like children in a toyshop -- the expo clearly targets elite private security forces with more money to spend.

Besides weapons, the expo displays debugging devices, the latest in streetlights, devices for traffic police to measure speed on the roads and even innovative fashions for snipers. There also is something to make a Russian customs officer smile -- a sensitive device said to be able to detect any narcotic.

The Interpolitex exhibit runs through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pavilion 69 at the VVTs exhibition center. Nearest metro: VDNKh.