IZHEVSK, November 18 (RIA Novosti) – Mikhail Kalashnikov, the 94-year old inventor of the world’s most popular firearm, the AK-47, has been admitted to intensive care, officials in Russia’s republic of Udmurtia said Monday.
Udmurtia Health Minister Vladimir Muzlov said Kalashnikov is being treated at a state cardiology center in the Siberian city of Izhevsk.
“The necessary procedures are being carried out to ensure that he can be put back on his feet as soon as possible,” Muzlov said. “Mihkail Timofeyevich will receive all the treatment he needs today.”
Kalashnikov’s health began to worsen around the time of his birthday on November 10, his son, Viktor, told RIA Novosti.
“It is nothing terrible. He is being treated preventatively,” Viktor Kalashnikov said.
Mikhail Kalashnikov has been suffering from ill-health for some time. In June, he was hospitalized in Moscow to be fitted with a pacemaker.