Kalashnikov rifle designer felt ‘spiritual pain’ from mass deaths it caused

January 14, 2014 2:33 PM

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Kalashnikov rifle designer felt ‘spiritual pain’ from mass deaths it caused

(Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 automatic rifle has been the weapon of choice in a half-century of wars from Afghanistan to Zaire, celebrated his 80th birthday November 10, 1994 in this file photo. 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.

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