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MOSCOW, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Federation Council upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko expressed on Tuesday condolences over the death of legendary inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, marking his tremendous contribution to the strengthening of Russia’s defense potential.
“The life of Mikhail Kalashnikov, full of hardships and trials, is a vivid example of selfless service to the Fatherland,” the speaker said in a telegram to the Izhmash weapons and motor vehicle manufacturer, where Kalashnikov had been chief designer.
“A legendary designer of the present time, world renowned gun maker made an invaluable contribution to the strengthening of our country’s defense potential. Owing to his talent and professionalism, Russian submachine weapons have got highest marks not only in the country, but also abroad,” Matviyenko stressed in the telegram. “He was directing all his strength and knowledge to the cause of state importance, devoted to Russia to his dying day,” Matviyenko said.
Mikhail Kalashnikov died on Monday at the age of 94.