Russian military irked by Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking plane crash
A woman lays flowers at the well-known military choir's building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after a plane carrying 92 people, with 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, crashed into the Black Sea minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi. The Russian plane was headed for an air base in Syria, Russia's Defense Ministry said. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 29, 2016 8:16AM EST
MOSCOW -- The Russian military is condemning cartoons about the Russian military plane crash published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov described the cartoons as "excrements," saying in Thursday's statement that "it is humiliating for a normal person even to pay attention to this laboured filth."
Sunday's crash of a Syria-bound Russian plane killed all 92 people on board. It was carrying members of the world-famous Russian army choir to a New Year's concert at a Russian military base in Syria.
One of Charlie Hebdo's cartoons depicts a singer in the falling aircraft wailing 'aaaa' with inscription: "The repertoire of the Red Army Choir is expanding," while another voices sardonic regret that Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't inside.