Heart-Breaking News of the Day: Tragedy struck the hockey world today as a Yak-42 passenger plane chartered by renowned KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl struck a light post and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 43 of the 45 people on board.
According to reports, the team’s entire roster was killed in the crash, save for winger Alexander Galimov who is critical condition. The other survivor is reportedly a flight engineer.
“We have no team any more,” team spokesman Vladimir N. Malkov is quoted as saying. “All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash.”
The team was en route to Minsk, where they were to kickoff their 2011-12 KHL season. Speaking at the traditional Opening Cup game between last year’s finalists, KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev told the crowd “we will do our best to keep the high-level hockey in Yaroslavl.”
Russian Criminal Tattoos
The dagger through the neck shows that the prisoner committed murder while in prison, and that he is available to ‘hire’ for further murders. The bells on the feet indicate that he served his time in full (‘to the bell’), the manacles on the ankles mean that the sentences were over five years. ‘Ring’ tattoos on the fingers show the status of the criminal when the rest of his body is covered. The ‘thieves’ stars’ on the knees carry the symbolic meaning ‘I will not kneel before the police’. (via Russia Beyond The Headlines)