Mikhail Kalashnikov

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Kalashnikov in December 2009

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013)[1] was a Russian designer who is known for designing the AK-47, AKM, and AK-74 assault rifles when he served in the Soviet Army during World War II.[2]

Kalashnikov was born on 10 November 1919 in Kuriya, Altai Krai, Russian SFSR.[3] He served in World War II and created many weapons and bombs including the AK-47 and a submachine gun. He was married to Ekaterina Kalashnikova. They had three children. He lived in Izhevsk, Udmurtia.

On 17 November, Kalashnikov was hospitalized in an Udmurtian medical hospital.[4] He died on the morning of 23 December, 2013 after a long illness, aged 94.[4]

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