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Russians skeptical over Chelyabinsk meteor

Posted on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 | Comment icon 87 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #78 Posted by Lord Vetinari on 27 February, 2013, 9:06
really? Heavens. Do they say what todays Terror Alert Status is? I bet I could guess: I bet, if there was one, it would be Red. It always is.
Comment icon #79 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 27 February, 2013, 11:34
Or the Doctor has performed another dodgy landing.
Comment icon #80 Posted by psyche101 on 28 February, 2013, 5:59
They warn of unrest, if a coup is happening, which could be any other week in Fiji, or any other thing a traveller should be aware of, I have even have worked with them. Sample of todays headlines: Latest news [list] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [*] [/list] A valuable travel resource IMHO, just as important is visiting the travel doctor. You do that I trust?
Comment icon #81 Posted by Lord Vetinari on 28 February, 2013, 8:10
Oh yes, that's just like the Foreign Office do, I think that's pretty much standard procedure for most Governments. I don't know how much notice anyone ever takes of it, though.
Comment icon #82 Posted by psyche101 on 28 February, 2013, 8:15
Really? Everyone I know how travels does. It seems a good idea to me. Look before you leap and all that. Like visiting the travel doctor to get your shots. I take it the Foreign Office is the UK version of DFAT? Good name isn't it, DFAT. You say it how it sounds D-FAT. Mmmm Chunky.
Comment icon #83 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 28 February, 2013, 15:44
Anything they like as less than 0,4% of population read Pravda, and probably by nobody below age of 50, or 80.... It's nothing to do with state anymore, simply mouthpiece of Zyuganov's communist party
Comment icon #84 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 28 February, 2013, 15:50
Top rated comment in Russian on the youtube videos is (with some liberties in translation) "Swearing by people of Chelyabinsk is so bad that meteorites burnt with shame before hitting"......
Comment icon #85 Posted by Javon66 on 3 March, 2013, 3:28
its the saiyens ccall goku!
Comment icon #86 Posted by ancient astronaut on 5 March, 2013, 1:16
It Figures.
Comment icon #87 Posted by Shush_rules on 5 March, 2013, 12:34
Don't think that saying that the American government mislead it's citizens into supporting the decision to invade Iraq through tall tales of immediate danger from Weapons of Mass Destruction. is really counted as a 9-11 conspiracy. It's kind of awkward if you don't think that there is at least a percentage of truth in that. Big difference between not believing crazy tin-foil wearing whack-jobs and just straight up denying fact.

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