A leading tenor soloist of Russia’s Aleksandrov Ensemble, Vadim Ananiev, narrowly escaped the deadly Tu-154 plane crash as he decided to stay home due to the birth of his third child. Ananiev should’ve been on board the doomed plane if he hadn’t stayed home to help his wife with their newly born child. He told RT:
I feel as if I were hit on the head. I’ll probably realise all of it later. It’s a shock; I didn’t believe it, and I still don’t believe it. I think this is nonsense. They say I was born under a lucky star… well, maybe, I don’t know. I would’ve probably gone to Syria along with other performers, if the Ensemble had planned a series of performances, and not a small concert.
However, since the 57-year-old singer recently became a father for the third time and his wife needed help, he took leave and didn’t go to Syria with the rest of the ensemble.
25 December 2016