AK-47 designer plans to turn his archives to museum
Moscow: Mikhail Kalashnikov, who designed
the most effective killing machine in human history, the AK-47
assault rifle, plans to turn over part of his archives and
personal belongings to a museum in south-east Russia.
The museum that will showcase the world`s most famous
firearms designer`s military uniform, civilian overalls,
documents, photographs and books from his library, will be
located inside a former school building in Kurya, Altai
Territory, where Kalashnikov studied.
A retired Russian Lieutenant General, 90-year-old
Kalashnikov, also agreed to give some of his personal
belongings for the museum collection, Director of the Altai
history museum Olga Padalkina was quoted as saying Itar-Tass.
Kalashnikov`s archives will be transported from Izhevsk,
the site of one of the most famous arsenals in Russia where
the AK-47 assault rifle was designed, to the Altai region by
The school building belongs to architectural monuments.
Last year a project of its reconstruction was coordinated with
Kalashnikov, who now lives in Izhevsk.
Kalashnikov, who also designed the Automatic Kalashnikov
Modernized and the AK-74, created the submachine gun, which is
included into state emblems of 60 countries, in 1949.
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