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Kalashnikov rifle designer felt "spiritual pain" from mass deaths

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 rifle, wrote a letter to the Russian Orthodox Church before his death expressing concern that the weapon had killed so many people, Izvestia newspaper reported. "My spiritual pain is unbearable," he wrote in the letter to the head of the Church, Patriarch Kirill.

Kalashnikov repented killings in letter to Church

Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, turned to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly before his death to express fears he was personally guilty for those it killed. Kalashnikov, who died in December at the age of 94, in April wrote a lengthy emotional letter to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, Izvestia, a pro-Kremlin daily, reported on Monday.

Russia buries Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' for heroes

Russia on Friday buried Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. To the sound of a final salute fired from the AK-47 machine guns that made him world-famous, Kalashnikov was laid to rest with full state honours at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery (FVMK) in the town of Mytishchi outside Moscow.

Russia buries Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' for heroes

Russia on Friday buried Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. To the sound of a final salute fired from the AK-47 machine guns that made him world-famous, Kalashnikov was laid to rest with full state honours at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery (FVMK) in the town of Mytishchi outside Moscow.

Russia to bury Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' of heroes

Russia was Friday to bury Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. Kalashnikov, who died on Monday at the age of 94, was to receive a funeral with full state honours and be buried at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery (FVMK) in Mytishchi outside Moscow, the defence ministry said. His burial would be marked by a final salute of shots fired from the AK-47s that he designed, the ministry said in a statement.

Russia's Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47, dies

Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the fabled AK-47 automatic rifle which became a weapon of choice for guerrillas and governments the world over, died Monday at age 94. His death, which came after a long illness, was announced by the office of the presidency in the Udmurtia region where he worked. Kalashnikov, though he designed a weapon that became synonymous with killing on a sometimes indiscriminate scale, was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow's proud military past.

Kalashnikov assault rifle designer is dead at 94

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the assault rifle that has killed more people than any other firearm in the world, died on Monday aged 94, Russian officials said. Kalashnikov, who was in his 20s when he created the AK-47 just after World War Two, died in his home city of Izhevsk near the Ural Mountains, where his gun is still made, a spokesman for the Udmurtia province's president said on state television.

AK-47 rifle inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

By Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian designer of the AK-47 assault rifle which has killed more people than any other firearm in the world, died on Monday aged 94, officials said. Kalashnikov, who was in his 20s when he created the AK-47, died in his home city of Izhevsk near the Ural Mountains, where his gun is still made, a spokesman for the Udmurtia province's president said on state television.

Inventor of AK-47 assault rifle dies

Moscow, Dec 23 (EFE).- Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, died Monday in the Russian region of Udmurtia. He was 94. Kalashnikov passed away at the Clinical and Diagnostic Center in Izhevsk, Udmurtia administration spokesman Victor Chulkov said on Facebook. The creator of the world's most widely used combat weapon had been in poor health since March and was hospitalized Nov. 17 suffering from a stomach hemorrhage.

Inventor of AK-47 assault rifle dies

Moscow, Dec 23 (EFE).- Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, died Monday in the Russian region of Udmurtia. He was 94. Kalashnikov passed away at the Clinical and Diagnostic Center in Izhevsk, Udmurtia administration spokesman Victor Chulkov said on Facebook. The creator of the world's most widely used combat weapon had been in poor health since March and was hospitalized Nov. 17 suffering from a stomach hemorrhage.
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