The AK-47 isn't my favorite gun (mostly because the ergonomics are awkward for me), but this sounds like one of the nuttiest things to come out of Russia since it was the Soviet Union.
Russia's Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, set off a firestorm of debate in Russia after saying that his military's pride and joy, the Kalashnikov and Dragunov SVDs sniper rifles, are "morally outdated" and that he's considering a plan to buy foreign-made small arms.
Dude, what are you thinking? Unless the overall vision of the Russian army is going to change, this has to be a mistake. Update it instead.