Kalashnikov wrote of his guilt before dying
January 14 , 2014
The inventor of AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov mentioned that the rifle was meant only for one purpose, which was to protect the Motherland. "I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians have used it," he said.
However, it turns out that Kalashnikov felt guilty regarding this issue and he even wrote a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church less than a year before his death, mentioning his "unbearable...spiritual pain."
"I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle took away people's lives, then can it be that I ...am guilty for people's deaths, even if they were enemies?" the letter states.
A rep for Patriarch Kirill confirmed that Kalashnikov was sent a reply, which would have calmed him. "The Church has a very definite position: when weapons serve to protect the Fatherland, the Church supports both its creators and the soldiers who use it," the rep said.