There is a comical aspect in everything, as the recent large meteorite that fell in a lake near the Russian city of Chebarkul (Чебаркуль) near Chelyabinsk, proved without doubt. The chief clown of Russian politics, Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky, provided that aspect - again.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky explained that the unusual phenomenon in the skies over Ural was in reality an action of "provocateurs" and "warmongers". According to the politician, the alleged fall of the meteor was really a test of new weapon by the Americans.So there, take it as you will.
Zhirinovsky added that the Secretary of State John Kerry tried to warn the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, February 11, but the latter was on an African trip. State Department announced on Thursday that Kerry failed to contact Lavrov for several days.
The Russain version of what happened in Ural doesn't satisfy Zhirinovsky. "As if we are some primitive tribe," he said with indignation. "What meteors? Nothing never falls nowhere. Cosmos - it is the Universe, there are laws of its own there," the politician declared.
As for the meteorite: according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the stone was quite large, between 10 and 30 (metric) tons and its speed was around 30-40 thousands kmh. Yep.
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