After Meteor, Russian Politician Blames ... John Kerry
He says it was an American weapons test
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2013 6:38 AM CST
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(Newser) – One of the conspiracy theories getting the most attention after yesterday's spectacular meteor show in Russia comes not from a basement blogger but from one of the nation's most well-known, if outlandish, politicians, reports the Voice of Russia. “Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of the nationalist Liberal Democrat Party. He asserts that new secretary of state John Kerry was sending a message to his Russian counterpart. “You’re like some primitive tribe. What meteorite?” he asked, recounts “When something falls, it's man-made. People are warmongers and provocateurs.”

In the real world, meanwhile, workers were replacing windows today in about 4,000 buildings in Russia's frigid Chelyabinsk region. The flying glass after the shock wave injured some 1,200 people, and 15 remained hospitalized, one of them in a coma, reports AP. A regional governor pegged the damage at $33 million. Also, divers were exploring a lake in the town of Chebarkul after a 20-foot-wide hole opened in the ice, presumably from a meteor fragment.

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Feb 17, 2013 1:32 PM CST
Hilary's farewell broom flyby, right office but wrong office holder.
Feb 17, 2013 10:43 AM CST
why did the Russian news even give this nut case a chance to talk to them. Just by what this dumb bastard says about the meteor being some type of secret weapon that the United States shot at them what a dumbass and there are probably people in America that think this dope is right. I'm positive if our country shot a secret weapon at Russia it would have hit a populated area not the mountains the same as if Russia was going to shot at us I don't think they would aim for a mountain. So dope go stick your head back in your Vodka bottle and see what you come up with next. WHAT A DOPE
Feb 17, 2013 8:31 AM CST
Classic John Kerry, that rascal.