Inventor of AK-47 rifle in hospital
The 94-year-old designer of the AK-47 assault rifle has been admitted to hospital in Russia, officials said today.
The health department of the province of Udmurtia said in a statement carried by the Interfax news agency that Mikhail Kalashnikov is in an emergency unit. It said he was rushed to hospital yesterday, but did not elaborate on his condition.
Mr Kalashnikov spent two weeks at a local cardiology clinic in May and was later flown to Moscow for further treatment.
The AK-47 is the world's most popular firearm with an estimated 100 million spread worldwide. Its name stands for "Avtomat Kalashnikova," or Kalashnikov's automatic, and the year it went into production.
Mr Kalashnikov continued working at least into his 80s as chief designer at the plant that first built the AK-47.