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File picture of Kalashnikov posing with a model of his rifle in Moscow

Mikhail Kalashnikov, chief designer of Izhmash Concern, a Russian firearms producer, poses with the latest model of his rifle during a news conference in Moscow in this April 15, 2006 file photo. Kalashnikov, the designer of the assault rifle that has killed more people than any other firearm in the world, died on December 23, 2013, at 94, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files (RUSSIA - Tags: MILITARY PROFILE)

Kalashnikov's AK-47 around the world

24 December 2013

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian designer of the AK-47 assault rifle which has killed more people than any other firearm in the world, died on Monday aged 94.

A son of Siberian peasants who never finished school, Kalashnikov invented one of the Soviet Union's best-known and most imitated products when he was in 20s.

Shortly after fighting in World War Two, he created the AK-47, whose number stands for the year 1947. The "A" is for "avtomat" - automatic rifle - and the "K" for Kalashnikov.

(Reuters)

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