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Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov opened in center of Moscow

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Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov opened in center of Moscow


Valery Sharifulin TASSMonument to creator of the legendary AK-47, famous gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov was set in Moscow, RIA Novosti informs. The gala ceremony of unveiling the monument took place today September 19. It was timed with Day of Gunsmith.

The monument of more than seven meters high was established at the crossroads of Sadovaya-Karetnaya and Dolgorukovskaya streets. The gunsmith holds the gun in his hands. The monument composition contains the globe and image of St. George as symbols of peace and victory over the evil forces. The author of monument is Salavat Shcherbakov. The monument was inaugurated by Kalashnikov’s daughter Elena.

According to Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Kalashnikov can be considered embodiment of the best traits of the Russian character. The gun developed by him is one of the most popular Russian brands. The minister has reminded that several guns are stored in the Arms Chamber near other samples of the best Russian weapons.

Russian military-historical society and Rostech director Sergei Chemezov initiated installation of the monument.

It is worth reminding that the creator of the legendary AK, Hero of Russia, twice Hero of Socialistic Labor, lieutenant general Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov died at the end of 2013 aged 94.

The hundred’s anniversary of the gunsmith will be marked in 2019 at the state level.

Until now, AK remains the most popular basic weapons in the world. Besides, this is the only weapon depicted on the flags of some countries. The gun is valued for its durability, surety and easiness of usage. Totally around one hundred million AK-47 of different modifications were produced in the world.

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