Disinfo: Western secret services behind shooting down the Ukrainian plane


The crash of the Ukrainian plane might not have been an accident. Such special operations by Western secret services with the aim to liquidate especially important passenger cannot be ruled out, especially if you find out the exact lists of those who were on board.


Disinformation not backed up with evidence, referring to an old conspiracy theory about how US intelligence agencies arrange special operations to eliminate the nuclear scientists of Iran, North Korea and the Russian Federation.

Iran has officially admitted the downing of the plane a result of human error and has allowed independent experts access to the crash site. The EU's statement regarding the incident can be found here.

It has been reported that among the passengers were students and several scientists, native Iranians, who were returning to Canada. For example, the University of British Columbia said it is mourning the loss of Mehran Abtahi, a postdoctoral research fellow, and sibling alumnus Zeynab Asadi Lari, who were studying health sciences, and Mohammad Asadi Lari, the co-founder of STEM fellowship, a youth-run charity that helps students in maths and sciences. The University of Alberta confirmed that 13 members of the institution's community were killed in the tragedy including Pedram Mousavi and Mojgan Daneshmand, a married couple who taught engineering, killed in the crash, along with their two daughters, Daria, 14, and Dorina, 9. Arash Pourzarabi, 26, and Pouneh Gourji, 25, were graduate students in computer science at the university and had gone to Iran for their wedding. Other students who died included Elnaz Nabiyi, Nasim Rahmanifar, and Amir Saeedinia, as well as alumnus Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi, who studied mechanical engineering and graduated in 2017.

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  • Reported in: Issue180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Iran, Ukraine
  • Keywords: PS752, Nuclear issues, Conspiracy theory


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