The Mysterious Crash of A Russian Airliner: Bad Weather, Technical Malfunction, or Terrorism?

In the sixty-ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, and Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition. He examines the possible causes of the crash of the Russian passenger plane AN-148. Was the crash due to bad weather, technical malfunction, human error, or terrorism? In addition, Professor Kovacevic chronicles the dangerous trend of the creeping territorial fragmentation of Moldova, which he sees as a key aspect of the Gladio C project, directed against the Russian influence in Eastern Europe. He also looks at the current challenges that the Russian state-owned natural gas company Gazprom is facing in building the so-called Turkish Stream pipeline. Lastly, he discusses recent claims that Grigory Rodchenko, the alleged Russian anti-doping whistleblower, has actually been an agent of the Canadian intelligence service. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Show Notes

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – February 13, 2018

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – February 9, 2018

Vedomosti – February 9, 2018

Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition – February 13, 2018

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  1. Watch the documentary Icarus and decide of you think Grigory Rodchenkovis is a Canadian agent involved in Gladio C operations. (HINT: No)

  2. bruinschuss says:

    Thanks again for the great work! I am an airline pilot, and this is a bit of my 2 cents. While the lack of communication from the pilots is interesting, I don’t think it is necessarily an indicator of foul play. It is well within the possibility that the pilots were met with an emergency so catastrophic that the total of their remaining time was spent attempting to regain control of the aircraft. In these circumstances communicating an emergency is an extremely low priority. The last priority, in fact. Additionally, if there were lightning strikes were reported in the area they may have been met with unobserved severe weather. Extreme isolated turbulence, icing, or even a microburst can all pose real hazards to large aircraft – even those outfitted with anti-icing equipment. It really is hard to tell without in-flight data and extensive forensic analysis.
    But, as you have stated, Russian civil aviation has been particularly hazardous in the last decade or so due to political circumstances. It will be interesting to see where this investigation leads.

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