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Vladimir Putin ordered passenger plane to be shot down in 2014
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Vladimir Putin is the type of figure that comes straight out of Hollywood central casting. With his background as a spy for the KGB in East Germany, Putin has been a mystery since his arrival on the world stage—and he’s believed to be ruthless as well as cunning.
A new documentary titled Putin has revealed one terrifying thing about the Russian Federation president. In the film, Putin tells a story about an incident in 2014, where he ordered a passenger aircraft shot down after he received news that it had a bomb on board and was on its way to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Threat to the Games
The leader of the Russian Federation told reporter Andrey Kondrashov that he received a call from Russian officials who were handling security for the Winter Olympics, going on in Sochi at the time. The opening ceremonies were about to start when the call came in.
“I was told: a plane en route from Ukraine to Istanbul was seized, captors demand landing in Sochi,” said Putin.
The details were sparse yet chilling. The crew of a Pegasus Airlines 737-800 flying from Kharkiv to Istanbul had called in to say that a passenger on the plane had an explosive device and was demanding to fly to Sochi.
With 40,000 people from all over the world in Sochi’s stadium for the Olympic ceremonies, Putin consulted security advisors. The officials told him that there was an emergency plan for just such a situation—and it meant shooting down the plane.
Putin admitted in the film that he “told them: act according to the plan.” His words sentenced 110 passengers to death.
Before the plan could be put into action, however, Putin received another call—this time saying it was a false alarm. The crew said upon further investigation the passenger was just drunk, and they would fly on to Turkey.
The release of the documentary is curious—presidential elections in Russia take place on March 18.
The film is almost certainly an artfully crafted piece of propaganda; Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, verified the account.
Russia is slated to host the soccer World Cup championships from June 14-July 15 of this year, with matches from the various teams to be held in cities across the country.
Security protocols are being finalized by Russian officials, who are determined to have an incident-free event.
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