"There are about 100 million Kalashnikov assault rifles worldwide, of which half are counterfeit," said Anatoly Isaikin of Rosoboronexport...Production of Kalashnikovs outside Russia had [cost] financial losses and tarnished the brand because of their poor quality."
However, this assumes that counterfeit = bad.
In fact, Bulgaria continues to flood Iraq and Afghanistan with an
illegal "open source copy" of the AK-47 that is of better quality and lower cost than the Russian-made brand. If anything, the Bulgarians are doing Rosoboronexport a favor.
And even though Russia contends that Bulgaria's license expired with the Warsaw Pact, Soveit-era bureaucrats overlooked the legal ramifactions of Communism's collapse and failed to insert a sunset clause into the agreement.
Didn't you know, comrade? Contracts are the daggers of the bourgeoisie.
Speaking of which, Mikhail Kalashnikov is still alive. He is 89 years old, lives in a modest home in Izhevsk, and has yet to see a penny from his invention.
No profits, no ownership, just workers in a Workers’ State!