"Proud Caucasian man was pushed to the wall and told: Take money and shut up"

It's been almost 15 years since the midair collision over Lake Constance. On July 1, 2002, a passenger jet collided with Boeing cargo airplane. 71 people died, including 52 children. Children and wife of architect from Vladikavkaz Vitaly Kaloyev were among them. About two years later, Kaloyev killed air traffic controller Peter Nielsen, who was considered to be the main culprit of the accident. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. There are still many different view on the events of those days: some people sided with grieving father, others condemned Kaloyev for committing a monstrous crime.

Documentary book about Vitaly Kaloyev "Collision" was presented in Moscow yesterday. In this book, Kaloyev tells about the events that changed his life, about the murder of Peter Nielsen and whether it was an accident. Author of the book, Ksenia Kaspari, said that as a journalist, she wrote a lot about this tragedy. "This story shocked me. There were a lot of unknown facts. When Kaloyev was released, my acquaintances from Hollywood came to me and asked to find him. They wanted to buy all the rights for his history for 10 thousand dollars," she said.

"After some time I visited him in Vladikavkaz. First time, I spent a week there. Vitaly Konstantinovich and I talked endlessly for the entire week. Thanks to him, I saw the North Caucasus for the first time, visited both Ingushetia and Grozny, because he was deputy head of the Ministry of Construction and Architecture of North Ossetia at that time. He traveled a lot and I accompanied him. We talked, and talked, and talked. He told me a lot about all the circumstances, about everything he felt," Kaspari said.

Commenting on Kaloyev's actions on the day of murder, Kaspari noted: "He simply had no choice. Proud Caucasian man was pushed to the wall and told: 'Take the money and shut up.' Of course, he couldn't stand this situation and acted the way he did."

According to writer, this book presents a slightly different version of the Nielsen murder, because story that we all know, that Kaloyev came to Nielsen, showed him pictures of his children, Nielsen pushed his hand, pictures fell to the ground and Kaloyev didn't remember what happened next - it's not how it happened. "You will learn what really happened in my book, I don't want to spoil it... It could have be avoided if Nielsen acted differently, that's for sure. Vitaly Konstantinovich himself talks about this all the time. Vitaly Kaloyev expected an apology. It was very important for him. If Nielsen said: 'Forgive me, I wanted to talk with you, but bureaucrats, lawyers didn't allow me to,' then Vitaly Konstantinovich would never do what he did."

3300 views


More Russian news

First fencing school opens in Dagestan

First fencing school opens in Dagestan

First fencing and swimming school was built in Makhachkala, but it hasn't been officially opened yet, Deputy Minister of Physical Culture and Sport of the region Zainal Salautdinov said. He added, however, that …

Qatar simplifies visa rules for Russian tourists

Qatar simplifies visa rules for Russian tourists

Qatar's authorities have introduced a visa-on-arrival system for nationals of 37 countries, including Russia, according to a document, circulated by national carrier Qatar Airways and obtained by Sputnik on Friday. "According …

Ismayil Hajiyev: Mehriban Aliyeva provides huge support to Azerbaijani music

Ismayil Hajiyev: "Mehriban Aliyeva provides huge support to Azerbaijani music"

Conductor on contemporary Azerbaijani musical culture and its promotion in the international arena

Lavrov: Russia no jealousy of Belarus-EU Rapprochement

Lavrov: Russia no jealousy of Belarus-EU Rapprochement

Russia is not resentful at Belarus' rapprochement with the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "As to the process of rapprochement between Belarus and the European Union, we do not have …

Putin and Miller give start to Turkish Stream pipeline segments jointing

Putin and Miller give start to Turkish Stream pipeline segments jointing

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Alexei Miller took part in jointing of shallow and deepwater segments of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in Friday. The head of state …

Putin: Russia ready to deliver gas to Europe through Turkey

Putin: Russia ready to deliver gas to Europe through Turkey

Russia is ready to supply gas to South and Southeast Europe via Turkey, the country's President Vladimir Putin said during the telephone conversation with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. …

Russia, UAE trade ties on upswing

Russia, UAE trade ties on upswing

The two countries mull joint investments in energy sector

Russian cruise missiles destroy ISIS arms depots in Syria (VIDEO)

Russian cruise missiles destroy ISIS arms depots in Syria (VIDEO)

Видео

Frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich and Krasnodar submarine have destroyed by Kalibr cruise missiles large depots of armaments and ammunition of the ISIS terrorists in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. "The …

Germany-Chile Confederations Cup encounter ends in draw

Germany-Chile Confederations Cup encounter ends in draw

Germany and Chile finished their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage encounter in Russia’s Kazan on Thursday with 1-1 draw. It was just six minutes into the match when Chile’s forward Alexis Sanchez delivered a first …

EU leaders vote to extend sanctions on Russia

EU leaders vote to extend sanctions on Russia

The leaders of the European Union (EU) have agreed to extend sanctions against Russia, following a similar move by the US this week, Belfast Telegraph reports. European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted on …

more Russian news