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Kalashnikov rifle designer felt "spiritual pain" from mass deaths

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MOSCOW - Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 rifle, wrote a letter to the Russian Orthodox Church before his death expressing concern that the weapon had killed so many people, Izvestia newspaper reported.

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"My spiritual pain is unbearable," he wrote in the letter to the head of the Church, Patriarch Kirill.

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