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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.
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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.





 


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Wednesday, Nov. 26


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee will meet this afternoon in their office in the New St. Isaac’s Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha at 4 p.m.


Zoosphere, an international exhibition focusing on the pet industry, opens today at the Lenexpo convention center on Vasilievsky Island. Not only will items such as toys, terrariums and accessories be available for purchase, but animal enthusiasts can also learn about the latest in veterinary medicine and behavioral training thanks to the conferences and presentations that are part of the event.



Thursday, Nov. 27


The Customs and Transportation Committee for AmCham meets this morning at 9 a.m. in their office on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.


Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg’s showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literature’s most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poet’s birthday. The tragic tenor’s work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russia’s greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


Strategically dominate your foes at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Honor the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


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Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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