Russia pays last Respects to Tu-154 plane crash victims
Public ceremonies of paying last respects to victims of the Tu-154 aircraft crash in the Black Sea was held in Russian cities such as Moscow, Sochi, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Yevpatoria, Bryansk and others.
The funeral ceremony for Elizaveta Glinka, human rights activist and the head of the Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (or Fair Aid) charity fund, was held at the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow’s Novodevichy Convent.
Several dozen people took part in the ceremony, including the head of the Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov, the the first Deputy head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kiriyenko, the chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, the head of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, Moscow ombudsman Tatiana Potyaeva and the Commissioner for Children's Rights under the President of the Russian Federation, Anna Kuznetsova.
After the final farewell ceremony, a burial service will be conducted at the Dormition Cathedral. Only family members and close friends will privately pay their last respects to her.
A public ceremony of paying last respects to the late Russian TV journalists was held in 'Ostankino' television studio.
The funerals for crew members of the Tu-154 aircraft, Defense Ministry’s Culture Department Anton Gubankov, members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, an official army choir of the Russian Armed Forces, and four reporters, whose families requested they be buried in this cemetery, took place in the Federal military memorial cemetery in Mytishchi near Moscow.
On December 25, the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria crashed shortly after refueling and take-off from the Russian southern city of Adler, near Sochi. The plane was carrying 92 people, including eight crew members, 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, nine reporters, head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity Elizaveta Glinka, and two federal civil servants. None of them survived the crash.