We reported last month on the death of former Soviet tank commander Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the famous AK-47 automatic rifle. It has since come to light that in his last days Kalashnikov apparently was tormented by guilt knowing that the weapon he designed had killed millions of people. In a letter written to Kyrill I, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kalashnikov expressed his anguish.
Excerpt: “Mikhail Kalashnikov, the late designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, said in a letter to Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill that he felt sorry for the fact that millions of people had been killed by the weapon he created, a news report said Monday.”
“My spiritual pain is unbearable,” Kalashnikov wrote, Izvestia reported, citing a copy of the letter. “There’s one insoluble issue: since my rifle killed people, am I…an Orthodox Christian, responsible for the deaths of people, even if they are enemies?”
The full article can be read at The St. Petersburg Times: