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Putin Has a Problem: Russian Air Defense Research Building Goes up In Flames

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Six people were declared dead on Thursday after a fire broke out at the Russian Aerospace Defense Research Institute building in Tver. Local officials said that the institute, which is responsible for the development of Russian air defense systems, can be seen in video footage engulfed in black smoke.

TASS reported that at least 30 people were injured. 

The fire forced employees to jump out of the windows of the six-story building. 

What Caused the Fire?

According to the TASS state-run news agency, the fire is believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring.

The fire is believed to have begun on the second floor and destroyed 1,000 square meters of the building.

The second floor of the building was lined with wooden floors and plastic panels, creating a poisonous smoke that blocked people from evacuating.

A spokesperson from the ambulance service said that “some of the victims inhaled smoke” and others had bruises and other injuries after leaping from the windows. 

The Research Institute reportedly helped develop the Iskander anti-aircraft systems currently being used by the Russian military in Ukraine.

While it is not unheard of for buildings to be affected by unexpected and accidental fires in Russia, the nature of the work performed at the building raises questions about whether local officials are telling the truth about the origins of the fire. Russian buildings often catch fire as a result of aging infrastructure and a lack of enforcement of safety legislation in many residential and commercial buildings. 

When the Moskva sank on April 14, Russia initially blamed the damage on an accidental fire causing a munitions explosion. Ukraine, however, took credit for the sinking, explaining how its military struck the flagship with two Neptune missiles

There is no evidence available to Western media outlets or intelligence officials so far to suggest that the fire at the Aerospace Defense Research Institute building was started on purpose, it’s hard to truly know what’s happening in Russia. 

Rescue operations were still underway as of Thursday night and an investigation is taking place.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Bertram

    April 22, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Absolutely nothing to do with the war or sabotage.
    Any suggestion to the contrary is defeatism and punishable by trial and then execution.

    • L'amateur d'aéroplanes

      April 22, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Exécution ? Niet… 10 years or jail…

  2. Alex

    April 23, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Well, everything. Russia now has no air defense and places where it is being developed. Again, “Putin has a problem.” Do you understand that Russians laugh at such articles? 🙂

    • mcswell

      April 24, 2022 at 11:53 am

      Nyet, komarade, I do not understand. It is not what the article said. Perhaps you read English as poorly as you write it?

      BTW, I am not sure why you post here, since Americans laugh at such posts as yours.

  3. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Yes, Russia has big “problems”:
    There is the Donetsk People’s Republic. There is the Luhansk People’s Republic. Kherson applied to Russia for a referendum to establish the Kherson People’s Republic. God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  4. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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