|By Vancat (Vancat) on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 08:50 pm: Edit|
Near simultaneous crashes of both planes seem mighty suspicious to Russian officials, as never before in history have 2 planes taking off from the same airport go down at nearly the exact same times.
|By Foreignboy (Foreignboy) on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 10:17 pm: Edit|
The crashes have been linked to terrorism, though in Russia, it's more about Czechan rebels than religious extremists.
|By Bobmarley (Bobmarley) on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 10:28 pm: Edit|
Tupolevs are crap. They're made terribly. I wouldn't jump to conclusions (no Office Space jokes or I kill you) unless there is more evidence for terrorism.
If terrorists really wanted to hit planes, wouldn't they choose more popular routes/larger planes?
|By Vancat (Vancat) on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 10:52 pm: Edit|
Agree, Tupolevs (at least nowadays) are rotting sheets of metal pounded together into a crap airplane. Though the fact that both went down nearly simultaneously is "suspicious," though it could be a complete coincidence.
And considering Russia is so economically destitute, I wouldn't be surprised if aircraft maintenance has been brought to a complete halt.
|By Bobmarley (Bobmarley) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 07:23 am: Edit|
Looks like I may be wrong:
|By Foreignboy (Foreignboy) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 07:28 am: Edit|
Oops.. Chechen rebels, not Czechan rebels. I knew that didn't look right.
|By Zhou (Zhou) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 04:19 pm: Edit|
Some reviewers believe that it was a terrorist attack done by the Chechen rebels...But that hypothesis needs some research and analysis to reach a generalization.
|By Hunter1985 (Hunter1985) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 05:28 pm: Edit|
Ok, could someone help me out here? In simple sentence, why are Chechens rebelling? I've always heard the term "Chechen rebels" but could never find out why or against whome they were rebelling. Is is a situation like in Israel where they want they want land/own country, but Russia won't give it to them? Or is it something else?It's always bothered me that I never knew what the whole situation in Russia was, even after the theater incident when so many people were killed.
|By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 05:35 pm: Edit|
Soviet Union collapses. Chechnya (along with 14 other regions) declare independence.
Russia decides not to recognize Chechnya's independence and invades then is pushed out. Russians go in 3 years later ('94) with 45,000 troops.
Really bloody conflict. Chechnya continues asserting independence, does counteroffensives, etc.
This keeps going on with the Chechens using terrorism as a tool (most famous is the theatre hostage thing in 2002). So that's basically it.
|By Hunter1985 (Hunter1985) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 05:40 pm: Edit|
Thanks Craigk, that really cleared things up for me- it was just one of those things I should know, but didn't.
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