Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova extended her condolences to the victims and their families. She especially mentioned humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, saying she was the “embodiment of dignity in our country.” Glinka was a “social and political activist, but she was outside any politics, above any politics,” Zakharova added.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has expressed his condolences, saying that “the tragic news of the Russian Defense Ministry's plane crash has echoed with pain in my heart,” adding that he is praying for the victims and their loved ones.
Relatives of the crash victims have started to arrive in Sochi, as well as psychologists who are assisting them, a local official told Interfax. The navigator pilot of the crashed Tu-154 plane was part of a crew that managed to safely land an out-of-control aircraft back in 2011.
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