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Tue., Jan. 14, 2014, 10 a.m.

AK-47 designer pens sorrowful note

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Russia's AK-47 assault rifle designer said before he died the pain he felt fearing he was to blame for the deaths caused by his weapon was "unbearable."

"The pain in my soul is unbearable," Mikhail Kalashnikov said in an emotional letter April 7, some eight months before he died, to the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.

"I keep asking myself the same unknowable question: If my rifle deprived people of life, does it mean that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, age 93, the son of a peasant and an Orthodox Christian, am responsible for people's deaths, even if they are enemies?" he said in the two-page, typewritten letter to Moscow Patriarch and Russian Orthodox Church Primate Kirill, published in pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia.

"The longer I live, the more this question drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression," Kalashnikov said. More here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.