Buk missile cot design raises eyebrows in Russia

The Buk missile cot Image copyright CARoBUS

A Russian children's cot in the form of a Buk missile launcher - the weapon that downed a plane over east Ukraine in 2014 - has raised eyebrows.

"Is this some kind of joke?" outspoken Russian journalist Oleg Kashin asked while others suggested it was a PR stunt to sell more furniture.

The cot's makers said they had sold "around 10" of the items, but argued the design was "nothing unusual".

All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died in the attack.

International prosecutors say the missile was brought into Ukraine from Russia and launched from a field in territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels, who were fighting Ukrainian government forces at the time.

Russia says it cannot accept the findings as the final truth.

Whose idea was the cot?

The Buk cot is produced by a family firm, CARoBUS, in the Russian city of St Petersburg and is part of a special series that also features a tank and a plane.

Normally, the firm makes cots shaped like cars, ships and planes.

"I see nothing unusual in a cot like this," CARoBUS director Anton Koppel told local news website Fontanka (in Russian).

"Some grow up to be doctors, others bakers and some soldiers."

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What are people saying?

Apart from Kashin, comments by users of leading Russian news site Lenta (in Russian) include the following:

  • "Maybe we should forbid children to play at 'war'?"
  • "When the investigation is over, there will be tens of thousands of children with Buks in their bedrooms among the suspects. It will become impossible to establish the actual guilty party"
  • "The Buk-shaped cot is a Freudian slip"

"Free PR, market demand - the guy's a genius," wrote another user to which someone replied, "Calling him a genius may be going too far."