President given deactivated submachine gun

24-02-2016

Liberec regional governor Martin Půta has presented President Miloš Zeman with a gift of a deactivated WW II-era Soviet-made submachine gun, the head of state’s spokesman revealed on the social networks. The spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, called the gift an “original idea”. The present is an apparent reference to a recent controversial joke by Mr Zeman who suggested the Kalashnikov as a non-democratic means of removing politicians from their post. The submachine gun he received is a PPS model. The spokeswoman for the region of Liberec stressed the item was a personal gift from the governor and not from the region itself.