A recent newspaper poll indicated that more than 50% did not believe that the event was a meteor.
More than 1,200 people were injured in the meteor strike that caused large amounts of damage and shook a nation that hadn't seen such an event since the Tunguska explosion of 1908. But was it really a meteor at all ? Some Russians believe that the explosion was actually from a secret US weapon test and the conspiracy theories don't end there - some of the more creative explanations include a crashed alien spacecraft, a message from God and even an alien device aimed at unleashing a deadly virus on to the Earth.
"Our people remember the Soviet past, when news of disasters was concealed or lied about," said Alexei Grazhdankin who is director of an independent polling agency. "A lot of our people just prefer not to accept the safe explanations they were taught at school. Even when all necessary information is available, they don't want to believe it."
"They say that Russia is the motherland of conspiracy theories, and public reaction to the sudden meteor strike a week ago that stunned people in the Ural mountains, and injured more than 1,200, seems to be proving that true."
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Source: Christian Science Monitor
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