Rest in Peace Mikhail Kalashnikov
According to RT.com and the BBC and many other sources, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov has died. He was 94. Kalashnikov, who was living in the city of Izhevsk at the time of his death, was of course the inventor of the AK47. The iconic family of weapons that bore his name are said to be the most commonly built and -owned in the world, from the United States (where they have an increasing following) to Africa, the Middle East and all over Asia. The AK47 itself celebrated its 66th birthday this year.
The designer was born 10 November 1919 in western Siberia, apparently one of at least 18 children. He completed work on the AK47 in 1947 – it was adopted by the military of the Soviet Union two years later. He himself continued to work as chief designer at the Izhvesk-based factory and firm still regarded as “AK47 Headquarters” until just a few years ago (check out the museum here). During his lifetime Kalashnikov was recognized by the Soviet Union and Russia many times, including being awarded the Order of Lenin and the Hero of Socialist Labor.
There have been internet hoaxes about Kalashnikov’s deat before. Sadly, this appears to be true. Burial and memorial plans are forthcoming – we will advise as soon as we know them.