Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2014, almost was in a plane crash in Sochi — the helicopter in which he was, made a hard landing. About it in the Ukrainian court told a former state Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomarev with reference to a certain officer of the Federal guard service (FSO) of Russia.
Speech Ponomarev on the trial for treason of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has posted on Youtube, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Ponomarev said that the helicopter incident Putin took place on 22 February. Around the same time, Yanukovych actually fled from Kiev.
According to Ponomarev, the incident with the helicopter the President of Russia “was seen as an attempt by foreign secret services,” and in the context of events in Ukraine, Putin allegedly had the impression that “around the conspiracy.“
Next was a meeting with the top leadership of Russia, which “against the background of developments in Ukraine is unfavorable for the Kremlin’s image of” the fate of the Crimea, said the former Deputy of the state Duma. Ponomarev explained that he spoke with the participant of this meeting, and with his words, the majority of those present were against the annexation of the Peninsula.
About the incident Ponomarev told in the context of a crucial decision on the Crimea, apparently in an effort to show what the mood was then the head of state. Official confirmation of his words there.
Ponomarev arrested in absentia by Russian courts on charges of embezzlement of funds of the Fund “SKOLKOVO”. He declared in the international wanted list, lives in Ukraine. He was the only Duma member who voted against joining of Crimea to Russia.
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