Kremlin sounds alarm over ‘doomsday plane’ robbery


The Kremlin on Wednesday sounded the alarm over the theft of sensitive equipment from a secretive “doomsday plane” designed for the country’s top command in event of a nuclear attack. The interior ministry said police in the southern city of Taganrog had been alerted that 1 million rubles (US$13,600) worth of equipment was stolen from an Ilyushin Il-80 plane at an airfield. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the breach as an “emergency situation” and vowed that “measures will be taken to prevent this from happening in the future.” The interior ministry did not specify what was stolen but said that investigators had been dispatched to the scene. The port city of Taganrog, more than 1,100 kilometres (700 miles) south of Moscow, is home to Beriev Aircraft Company, a struggling state-controlled enterprise.

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