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Monday, 26 December 2016

FSB Sez No Evidence of Terakt in Connection with Tu-154 Crash

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The FSB said today:

No evidence or facts indicating a possibility of an act of terrorism or diversion on board of the aircraft have been found yet. We have eyewitnesses of the Tu-154 crash and a video recording is available. The main working models for the early Sunday Tu-154 crash remain a foreign object penetrating the engine, poor fuel quality leading to loss of power and engine failure, pilot error, or some other technical malfunction. According to the Minoborony, the aircraft carried no military or dual-purpose cargo or pyrotechnical devices.

26 December 2016

Sputnik International



26 December 2016. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Sochi 25.12.2016



A Minoborony Rossi Tupolev Tu-154 bound for Latakia in Syria crashed off the coast of Sochi soon after takeoff. On Board were musicians, journalists, and TV crews. It was a terrible tragedy. I give my condolences and sorrow. Even on such a mournful day, the TV doesn’t stop their idiotic “entertainment” shows…

25 December 2016

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatura


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Aleksandrov Ensemble Tenor Soloist Escapes Deadly Tu-154 Crash Thanks to His Child’s Birth



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

Sputnik International


25 December 2016. Sputnik International Infographic: Crash of Minoborony Rossii Tu-154 Near Sochi



On 25 December 25, a Minoborony Rossii Tu-154 with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea enroute to Syria shortly after refuelling at the resort city of Adler. Most of the passengers were members of the Aleksandrov Ensemble, who were travelling from Moscow to Hmeymim Airbase in Syria to take part in New Year celebrations. The plane’s passenger list also included Anton Gubankov, the chief of the Directorate of Culture of the Minoborony Rossii, and prominent humanitarian activist Yelizaveta Glinka, the head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid). Pervy Kanal,  NTV and Zvezda broadcasters confirmed that their journalists were also among the aircraft’s passengers of the aircraft.

25 December 2016

Sputnik International


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