Mikhail Kalashnikov's funeral most likely to take place on Dec 26
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle who died on December 23 at the age of 94, will most likely be buried at a cemetery in Izhevsk on December 26, Viktor Chulkov, spokesman for the head of Russia's Republic of Udmurtia, told Interfax on Tuesday.
"[The funeral] will most likely be conducted on December 26 because it is believed that foreign guests will be able to arrive by that date," Chulkov said.
"A cemetery is currently being selected in Izhevsk," he said.
Chulkov, however, did not confirm earlier reports claiming that Kalashnikov could be buried on the premises at St. Michael's Cathedral in Izhevsk.
Udmurtia's Health Minister Vladimir Muzlov told Interfax that Kalashnikov died at the republic's Clinical and Diagnostic Center at 7:14 p.m. on December 23.
It was the third time Kalashnikov had been hospitalized in the past six months, Muzlov said.
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