The Russian military still uses the SKS at theÂ Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School. Â These photos were taken byÂ Vitaly V. Kuzmin, a photographer of amazing skill. Â Kuzmin took these photos at the June 23 graduation ceremony.
The SKS rifles were used by members of the Honor Guard in the unit’s demonstration. Â I have to admit that I am fairly ignorant of the Russian military, but I would presume the SKS is still used much like the M1 Garand is still used in the US for demonstations and drill teams.
Kuzmin’s photography is exceptional and I have enjoyed it for a long time now. Â Definitely give it a look. Â Fortunately, Google’s translation works pretty good.