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Russian inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov created one of the most popular guns in history, the AK-47. This automatic rifle first debuted in 1947 and is still being made today.
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According to a FOX News report, Vladimir Putin sent the inventor his regards in a written statement: "The Kalashnikov rifle is a symbol of the creative genius of our people," Putin wrote.
Kalashnikov experienced a health crisis in late 2012, reportedly spending time in an intensive care unit at a cardiac hospital in Izhevsk that December. There were several conflicting reports on his condition at the time,
but he was generally considered to be in fragile health.
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