Original images and paintings: 'An artist's model in the camera lens'Society & Culture March 30, 17:24
Putin thanks CNBC anchor for correctly setting Crimea apart from UkraineRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 16:57
Putin says no plans to restrict rocket engine supplies to USScience & Space March 30, 16:49
Russia’s Space Force deploys high-tech space monitoring systemsMilitary & Defense March 30, 16:25
Putin stresses Russia’s military activities in Arctic threaten no oneRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 16:18
Russia and Norway team up to clean Arctic of nuclear wasteWorld March 30, 16:10
Putin: Corruption must be fought against, but using this issue to score points is wrongRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 16:07
Putin blasts 'worthless' allegations of 'Russian aggressiveness'Russian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:57
Putin comments on recent protests across RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:49
MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. A Russian emergencies ministry’s plane with 144 bodies of the A321 crash victims is ready to leave Cairo for St. Petersburg and will take off at 23:30 Moscow time, Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Stepanov said on Sunday.
"The plane will land in St. Petersburg at about five in the morning," he said.
"In St. Petersburg, the bodies will be taken to a crematorium where the identification procedure will take place," acting chief of the ministry’s national crisis management centre, Alexei Smirnov, said. "The ministry’s psychologists and emergency doctors are working with the relatives of the crash victims."
Deputy governor of St. Petersburg Igor Albin told TASS earlier on Sunday identification would begin on Monday morning. "Much depends on the plane’s arrival, but our services are ready," he said.
He also said more than 200 DNA samples had been taken from the crash victims’ relatives to conduct genetic expertise.
An A321 passenger jet of Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh. It felld down 100 kilometers south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. There were four Ukrainian and one Belarusian nationals among the passengers. None survived.
President Vladimir Putin declared Sunday, November 1, a day of mourning for the worst air disaster in Russian history. St. Petersburg will be mourning over the crash victims till November 3.