- Title: Funeral held for victims of Russian military plane crash
- Date: 16th January 2017
- Summary: SOIL BEING THROWN INTO GRAVES WREATHS GROUP OF PEOPLE NEAR CHURCH CASKET IN CHURCH PORTRAIT AND AWARDS OF DOCTOR AND CHARITY ACTIVIST ELIZAVETA GLINKA NEAR CASKET WREATHS WOMAN CROSSING HERSELF, TOUCHING CASKET WOMAN PUTTING FLOWERS ON TABLE CANDLES WOMAN TOUCHING CASKET, WIPING TEARS FLOWERS PEOPLE PUTTING FLOWERS ON TABLE PEOPLE NEXT TO CASKET EXTERIOR CHURCH PEOPLE WALKING WITH FLOWERS PEOPLE ENTERING CHURCH (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOURNER, YULIA SUMENKOVA, SAYING: "I cannot even imagine so much kindness and honour in one person. I do not believe there are other people like her. My opinion is that people like her should be consecrated a saint. This is my opinion as a person who knew her... It hurts to loose such a person, it hurts a lot." CHURCH CUPOLAS
- Embargoed: 30th January 2017 13:13
- Keywords: Russia airplane Sochi military crash plane Elizaveta Glinka Alexandrov band
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Air Accidents,Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA0045ZBYRT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A sombre ceremony was held at a military memorial cemetery in Moscow on Monday (January 16) for dozens of victims of Russian defence ministry plane crash.
A Syria-bound Tupolev-154 with dozens of Red Army Choir singers and dancers as well as journalists on board plunged into the Black Sea on December 25 shortly after take-off from Sochi in southern Russia killing its 92 passengers and crew.
Dozens of caskets covered with Russian flags were carried by honour guards as a military band played a funeral march.
A memorial service was also held at Moscow Novodevichy cemetery for Elizaveta Glinka, known in Russia as Doctor Liza, a head of charity fund who was also on board the plane to accompany a humanitarian cargo for the university hospital Tishrin in Latakia.
"I can not even imagine so much kindness and honour in one person. I do not believe there are other people like her. My opinion is that people like her should be consecrated a saint. This is my opinion as a person who knew her... It hurts to loose such a person, it hurts a lot," one of the mourners Yulia Sumenkova told Reuters.
Russian authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash and said earlier that there was no explosion on board.
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