Workers in Moscow have cut out part of a new monument to a Russian creator of the world famous AK-47 assault rifle because a weapon depicted on the statue was actually a German-designed firearm.
Mikhail Kalashnikov’s monument was opened this week to great fanfare by government officials and members of the Russian Orthodox Church.
But arms experts said a drawing on the base of the statue showed the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis during WWII.
It was removed by an angle grinder.
“A mistake has been made by the sculptor,” executive director of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
The society commissioned the 7.5m (25ft) monument, which shows Kalashnikov holding an AK-47 in his arms.
A series of modified AK rifles were etched on a metallic plate on the base of the statue, including the wrong drawing.
Russian arms historian Yuri Pasholok was the first …