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AK-47 rifle designer repented killings in letter to Church: report

Published on Jan 13, 2014 5:20 PM
 
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian inventor of the fabled AK-47 assault rifle, holding an AK-103 while he poses for a picture after a press conference in Moscow, on April 15, 2006. Kalashnikov turned to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly before his death to express fears he was personally guilty for those it killed. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

MOSCOW (AFP) - 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.

"My spiritual pain is unbearable. I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle took away people's lives, then can it be that I... am guilty for people's deaths, even if they were enemies?" he asked.

The typed letter on Kalashnikov's personal writing paper, reproduced by Izvestia, is signed with a wavering hand by the man who describes himself as "a slave of God, the designer Mikhail Kalashnikov".

 
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