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Some Contend Russian Planes Were Shot Down by Air Defenses

Kavkaz Center | August 29 2004

This is the most likely version of the plane crashes that happened August 25. The southern direction of flights from Moscow (especially towards Sochi, Southern Russia) is the air route that Putin often uses. Also, there are increased security measures used for the Ruler of Russia.

After the events of September 11, 2001, the US publicly announced that civilian airplanes will be shot down in the US airspace on suspicion of being hijacked.

There is no doubt that similar decision was adopted by the Kremlin as well. But in the conditions when the country is run by the KGB/FSB, such decisions are never made public. This is a state secret. This is why none of the journalists took a risk to express this most likely version of the deaths of 90 passengers of two airliners. At best, such journalists would have lost their jobs.

Even though the officials are avoiding to directly accuse Chechen militants of involvement in these plane crashes, demonstrative measures of 'tightened security' in airports are still supposed to direct the public opinion towards the 'Chechen trace' in order to divert the people’s attention from who the real culprits of the people’s deaths are.

These are the facts that speak in favor of the version that the planes were shot down by Russian air defense system. The eyewitnesses heard an explosion up in the sky. And consequently, the fragments of the airplanes were scattered across large areas. Furthermore, unprecedented security measures caused by the ongoing Russian-Chechen war virtually rule out any chances of ammunition or armed attackers getting on an airplane. The altitude of the air route of 10 kilometers high is beyond the reach of any handheld rocket launcher, which could be used by fighters of any national liberation movement of the North Caucasus.

All the rest of the official versions, brought up by the 'authorities', such as: poor-quality fuel, engine failures, etc. – make no sense whatsoever. For the altitude (and the time of the fall, accordingly) would have allowed the crew to report to the air traffic controller about any incidents that were happening on board the plane.

In the conditions of the total hysteria caused by the myth about so-called 'international terrorism', imposed by the official propaganda, the military are probably allowed to conduct a 'pre-emptive strike' in case a plane gets hijacked. Failure of emergency notification system about hijacking could have caused an air-defense missile to be automatically launched and to hit a locked-in target. In Russia we all are living at somebody’s gunpoint.

We are unlikely to get the truth about the real reasons of the disaster. Or we may find out the truth by accident, under the circumstances that do not depend on the state. We all remember how thoroughly the witnesses of the Moscow theater siege events (2002) were being physically removed, and we all can remember how FSB/KGB was getting in the way of independent investigation of the blasts of apartment buildings when the Second Russian-Chechen War started.

Many people in Moscow were suspicious about the sudden death of Member of Russian Parliament (Russian State Duma) Shchekochikhin, one of the initiators, who was heading that investigation.

Is it any wonder that foreigners were not allowed to rescue the crew of the Kursk nuclear submarine?

It was more of a surprise that no 'Chechen trace' was discovered in the wreck of the Kursk submarine. However, we all can remember how Putin discovered that very 'trace' in New York City on September 11, 2001.

But for some reason Mr. Bush shunned such a 'gift'. Apparently, he did not want to be looking that stupid in the eyes of his voters.

Mikhas Kukobaka, dissident and human rights activists, Moscow, Russia.

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