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Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 09.22.2014 | Home
Nina L. Khrushcheva

When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. Back then, the Kremlin first lied to the world by saying that it had nothing to do with the missing KAL plane. Later it claimed that the South Korean jet was on an American spy mission. But, within the Soviet leadership, the incident was a tipping point.

Putin Blames Malaysia Plane Crash On Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2014 | Home

MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Ukraine bore responsibility for the downing of a passenger plane in the co...