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Helicopter-Crash Passengers Were Preparing Fishing Trip for Putin, Report Says

Published: June 2, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • The Mi-8 helicopter crashed into a lake in northern Russia.
    Photo: WorldNews / Youtube

Officials aboard a helicopter that crashed into an Arctic lake, killing more than a dozen people, were preparing a fishing trip for President Vladimir Putin, a news report said.

Divers had retrieved 12 bodies by Monday morning from the Munozero Lake, where the Mi-8 helicopter crashed Saturday, Itar-Tass reported.

An unidentified regional official told local Flash Nord news agency that the expedition was preparing a fishing trip for Putin, who had been expected "in the coming days." The report could not be independently confirmed.

Putin is known to enjoy recreational fishing in the Arctic, and told the U.S. Outdoor Life magazine in 2011 that some of the "best fishing in the world" was in the Murmansk region.

Murmansk administration spokesman Denis Pushin had initially told Flash Nord that the helicopter was taking officials on a "private" trip. But Andrei Guryev, the director of the PhosAgro company — a subsidiary of fertilizer producer Apatit that owned the helicopter — denied the report, saying the mission was to inspect the area as part of program to develop fishing tourism, Flash Nord reported.

The Murmansk region has declared Monday a day of mourning, Pushin told Interfax.

Between 17 and 19 people were aboard the helicopter, according to conflicting reports cited by Interfax, including several senior officials.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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