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Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Russian government unveiled a monument Tuesday to honor the inventor of one of the most highly used deadly weapons in human history: the AK-47 assault rifle.
The statue "in one of the busiest and commonly used streets in the city, reaffirms the image of Russia as a militaristic and neo-imperialistic country that feels it is surrounded by enemies," said Dmitry
"This is not artistic, to put it mildly. This is trash. It's loathsome," said local resident Natalya Seina, according to U.S. government-funded And Salavat Shcherbakov, the artist who created the statue, said it "represents the victory of good over the forces of evil."
Kalashnikov, who died in 2013 at the age of 94, produced the
Since then, more than 100 million AK-47's are estimated to have been distributed to 106 countries around the world.
Despite the AK-47's role in global conflicts, Kalashnikov "I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," he said.
But the year before his death, Kalahnikov appears to
n his letter to the Russian Patriarch, Kalashnikov wrote that one question was causing pain to his soul.
"I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people's lives, then
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma sideswiped , Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello walked through the streets, making sure
"Please let us help you," Rossello told one family.
"We're going to do our best to take you to a safe place," Rossello told Pena-Gomez.
The fear in Puerto Rico now is fueled by 's wallop of
Tortola is bracing for the worst. Where can you take shelter on an island where almost every building was damaged and the roofs ripped off? Storm debris from Irma could be turned into potential lethal
In Puerto Rico, food is being rationed. There are lines to buy fuel and to get into shelters.
Yanieka Valderrama is heading for shelter after her generator broke. Her daughter
Most places were boarded up Tuesday night as the wind picked up. The last time a Category 5 hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico was 90 years ago. Maria is expected to hit Wednesday morning