Russian military officials and politicians blasted Charlie Hebdo for publishing satirical cartoons of a recent Russian military plane crash.
A Russian military plane veered off course and crashed in the Black Sea on Christmas Day, killing all 92 people on board, including 64 members of the Red Army Choir. (RELATED: Read The Terrifying Last Words Of A Russian Pilot As Plane Crashes Into Ocean)
Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, published images of the disaster, poking fun at Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Red Army Choir.
One picture read, “Bad News – Putin was not inside.”
Charlie Hebdo в своем стиле: «Плохие новости — Путина там не было» pic.twitter.com/UA6pdyMjrC
— Рустем Адагамов (@adagamov) December 28, 2016
Another picture showed a singer, bellowing “Ahhh” as the airplane plunges to the earth.
#JeNeSuisPasCharlie #France A Charlie Hebdo cartoon about #Russia‘s jet crash:
“The repertoire of the army choir is expanding” pic.twitter.com/BO1ztbztaQ
— Leto مؤدّب (@politicshungary) December 29, 2016
“It is humiliating for a normal person even to pay attention to this labored filth,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, said in a statement. He described the images as “excrement.”
“I have previously said and now repeat, that the editorial policy of the journal is immoral and inhuman,” Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, a region of Russia, said in an Instagram post.
Ten journalists and two policemen were killed in January, 2015, when three gunman stormed the French satirical magazine offices in Paris. Al-Qaida in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, asserting that it was revenge for Charlie Hebdo’s multiple depictions of the Prophet Mohammad.
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