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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov to Fund Museum

The mayor of Moscow has allocated funds to help build a museum in honor of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian who gave his name to the world's most widely wielded weapon, according to a news agency report Friday.

Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 automatic rifle, famed for its reliability and effectiveness. Together with its derivatives, the Kalashnikov rifle has been used by the police and armies of 55 countries and an assortment of guerrillas and terrorists around the globe.

Seventy-five million copies of the rifle have been built since it entered production in February 1947, making it history's most widely distributed weapon.

Itar-Tass reported that Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has set aside 5 million rubles ($830,000) to help build the museum in the Ural Mountains city of Izhevsk -- home to Kalashnikov, 78, and the weapons factory that manufactures his rifle.

Several Russian organizations have also donated money for the museum.

Kalashnikov has been showered with state awards and his statue graces the Siberian village where he was born, but he never got a single kopeck in royalties for his world-famous rifle.