Russia to bury Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' of heroes
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia was on 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.
The cemetery aims to be what Russian media describes as a "pantheon" for military heroes and also top statesmen.