Mikhail Kalashnikov poses during a media event marking the 200th anniversary of the Izhmash firearms producer in Izhevsk, 07 August 2007. Izhmash makes roughly 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles every year and estimates that another 900,000 rifles similar to the Kalashnikov are being made in other countries such as Bulgaria, China and Poland as 'counterfeits. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR / Getty Images
MOSCOW -- Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm, has died at the age of 94.
The AK-47 - "Avtomat Kalashnikov" and the year it went into production - is favored by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies. An estimated 100 million guns are spread worldwide.
He died Monday in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived, said Viktor Chulkov, a spokesman for the republic's president.
Kalashnikov often said he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed.
"I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," he said in 2007.