On Sunday, official spokesman Irina Rossius said that the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS) sent a plane to Izhevsk in western Urals to take Mikhail Kalashnikov, the 93-year-old inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, to a Moscow clinic. She said, “Due to the emergence of the need for medical observation, his doctors decided to send Mikhail Timofeyevich [Kalashnikov] to a Moscow clinic”, without specifying the health condition of the legendary assault rifle inventor. She went on to say that the MChS plane has a special medical module with the necessary medical equipment. Rossius noted, “During the flight, the best doctors of the MChS Centrospas team and the all-Russian Disaster Medicine Centre “Protection” would accompany the legendary rifle maker to monitor his health condition”. On 17 May, the 93-year old Kalashnikov went to the cardiology department of the clinical and diagnostic centre in the Republic of Udmurtia in the western Urals for a planned health check, which he undergoes several times a year, but the clinic discharged him on 30 May.
23 June 2013