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Russia to bury Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' of heroes

Published on Dec 27, 2013 3:58 PM
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Mikhail Kalashnikov gestures during a news event marking the 200th anniversary of the Izhmash firearms producer in Izhevsk, on Aug 7, 2007. Russia was on Friday, Dec 27, 2013, to bury Mr 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. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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