2014/10/20

Flight Data Recorders Taken From Plane Crash Site in Vnukovo: Airport Spokesperson


Updated 06:12 a.m. Moscow time.


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - Flight data recorders from the crash site of the light aircraft at Moscow's Vnukovo airport have been found, the head of the press service of the airport Elena Krylova told journalists Tuesday.


"The black boxes have been found," Krylova said. She added, that the driver of the snow-clearing machine was in a state of shock, and that he was taken care of by doctors. He was seriously injured in a collision with the plane.


Krylova also said that the airplane collided with the snow-clearing machine while maneuvering. According to her, a fire broke out after the collision, but there was no explosion. The fire was quickly extinguished by the services of the airport. Krylova said that the plane did not manage to take off.


Earlier RIA Novosti was told by the press service that a Falcon 50 jet crashed Tuesday night in the Vnukovo-3 airport. The cause of the crash was the jet’s collision with a snow-clearing machine on the runway.


The head of the French energy company Total Christophe de Margerie was the only passenger of the jet. He died along with the airplane's crew in the collision. His death was confirmed by Total and the head of Vnukovo press service.



Total Confirms Death of Christophe de Margerie in Plane Crash: Reports


Updated 05:24 a.m. Moscow time.


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - French energy company Total confirmed Tuesday that its head Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.


"Total group confirms... that its president Christophe de Margerie died... in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow," Total told Agence France-Presse Tuesday.


Earlier, a representative of the Vnukovo airport also confirmed his death.


The airport’s press service told RIA Novosti that a Falcon 50 jet crashed Tuesday night in the Vnukovo-3 airport. The cause of the crash was the jet’s collision with a snow-clearing machine on the runway.


The aircraft was performing a flight from Moscow to Paris with Christophe de Margerie on board. Vnukovo press service expressed condolences to the families of those people killed in the plane crash.



Obama Compares Russia's Policy With Ebola Threat, Islamic State


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one of the three main reasons Americans should worry about, along with the Ebola virus and the Islamic State terrorist group.


"But people are still anxious. And they’re anxious for three reasons: one, internationally, we're seeing a tumultuous time in the Middle East... The Ebola crisis... The situation in Ukraine and Russia’s aggression - that has concerned people. So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas," Obama stated Monday.


Earlier, such statements by Obama were met with sharp criticism from Moscow.


For the first time, Barack Obama used the comparison of Russia with terrorists and the Ebola virus in the September speech at the UN General Assembly.


The Russian Foreign Ministry called Obama's speech "a set of cliches and propaganda slogans." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that such estimates were "beyond good and evil."



Death of Total Head in Plane Crash Confirmed by Vnukovo Airport: Reports


Updated 04:06 a.m. Moscow time.


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - President of the French energy company Total Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport early Tuesday, Vnukovo representative stated.


"Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total’s head [Christophe] de Margerie," the airport's spokesperson Elena Krylova told Reuters.


Earlier, the airport’s press service told RIA Novosti that a Falcon 50 jet crashed Tuesday night in the Vnukovo-3 airport. The cause of the crash was the jet’s collision with a snow machine on the runway.


The aircraft was performing a flight from Moscow to Paris with one passenger on board. Vnukovo press service expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the plane crash.



Poland Could Decide Tuesday to Deport Russian Diplomats Amid Spy Scandal: Prime Minister


WARSAW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - Poland could decide on Tuesday to deport Russian diplomats from the country following the recent scandal alleging a lawyer and senior army officer of spying for Russia, Poland’s Prime Minister Eva Kopacz stated.


The head of the Polish government told TV Channel TVP2 that the decision could be taken after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.


"I would like to receive full information on this subject. Hopefully I can talk and consult with everybody at one table after the cabinet meeting," Kopacz said.


On October 15, a high-ranking Polish Army officer and lawyer were detained on charges of spying for Russia. Prosecutors suspect the army officer of working with one of five Russian special forces, the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). On Friday, the Classified Military District Court in Warsaw will discuss the prosecution request to arrest the officer, in addition to a civil court hearing for the arrest of the lawyer also accused for espionage.


The Criminal Code of the Republic of Poland, Kodeks Karny, sentences those charged of spying one to 10 years in prison. In the event that the information obtained could harm the country, the minimum penalty is three years. In the case of organizing or directing activities of foreign intelligence, the penalty ranges from five to 25 years in prison.



President of Total Allegedly Killed in Moscow Plane Crash: Reports


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - President of the French energy company Total Christophe de Margerie allegedly died in a plane crash at Moscow's Vnukovo airport early Tuesday, LifeNews reported.


"Together with the head of Total, all three crew members were killed," the media outlet said.


Earlier, the airport's press service told RIA Novosti that a Falcon 50 jet crashed on Tuesday night in the Vnukovo-3 airport. It is assumed that the cause of the crash was the jet’s collision with a snow machine on the runway.


The aircraft was performing a flight from Moscow to Paris with one passenger on board. The press service expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the plane crash.



Airplane Crashes in Moscow's Vnukovo, Kills 5 People, Including French Citizen


MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - An airplane has crashed in Moscow's Vnukovo airport early Tuesday, leaving at least five people killed, including one French citizen, the airport's press service told RIA Novosti.


A Falcon 50 jet crashed on Tuesday night in the Vnukovo-3 airport. It is assumed that the cause of the crash was the jet's collision with a snow machine on the runway.


According to Vnukovo press service, the aircraft was performing a flight from Moscow to Paris with one passenger on board - a French citizen. The press service expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the plane crash.



Number of Orphans in Russia Drops by 26,000 in 2 Years: Minister


MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) – The number of orphan children in Russia went down to 93,000 in 2014 down from 119,000 orphans two years ago, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs Olga Golodets said Monday.


“When we began working on adoption, following the decree signed by the President in 2012, the adoption bank had 119,000 children. Today the number is 93,000,” Golodets said at the opening of the All-Russian Foster Families Forum.


“It is, of course, still too many for our country, but it is a big step forward,” she added.


According to Golodets, there are a number of challenges in significantly increasing number of adoptions for a certain category of children.


“I would like to recall several measures that were taken in regards to children, who faced more difficulty in being adopted or taken under guardianship. “This are foremost the children who are older, those who live in a big family in an orphanage, with lots of brothers and sisters among them, and those children, who have disabilities,” Golodets explained.


According to Russia’s Deputy Minister of Science and Education Veniamin Kaganov, government grants were awarded for the category of children, who faced particular difficulties in adoption.


“The government has increased grants and pensions for disabled children, including the families, who adopt disabled children, children over seven years of age, as well as their brothers and sisters,” he said.


Among the factors, which affect the adoption process, Kaganov assured that funds for upholding and assisting foster families, adoption agencies and guardianship trusts were allocated.


In January 2013, the Dima Yakovlev bill was implemented, imposing a ban on American nationals from adopting Russian children. Prior to this, the Russian authorities also banned countries that allowed same-sex unions from adopting children from Russia.