×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russian Aboard Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight Is Father of 2

A plane belonging to Malaysia Airlines.

The Russian passenger aboard vanished Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is a 43-year-old diving instructor and a member of the Jewish community in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, a news report said.

Missing passenger Nikolai Brodsky was traveling from Bali, Indonesia, to his home in Irkutsk when the plane suddenly dropped off the radar without a trace on Saturday.

He had been on vacation with nine other Russian divers in Bali, said Vitaly Markov, first secretary of the Russian embassy in Malaysia.

Rabbi Aharon Wagner, head of Irkutsk's Jewish community, informed Brodsky's wife and his two sons — aged 11 and 17 — when he learned that their father was on the flight, The Times of Israel reported.

Brodsky "was close to Judaism, and the entire community was hard-hit by the news of the tragedy," Wagner was quoted as saying by the Kikar Hashabbat news site.

The missing jet was carrying 227 passengers from 14 countries, mainly China and Malaysia, and a crew of 12, all Malaysian nationals, the airline said in a statement.

The plane was heading from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing, China.

The international search mission has yet to turn up any wreckage, leaving accident investigators no way of determining what happened.

Military radar indicates that the plane turned west, away from its planned route, before disappearing, the Malaysian Air Force said, BBC reported Tuesday.

Attention earlier turned to the passenger manifest after it was discovered that two of the flight's passengers were traveling with stolen passports.

On Tuesday, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said that the stolen passports were used by two Iranian nationals, but that there was no indication that they were acting on behalf of a terrorist group.

Malaysian police officials said that one of the Iranian men was probably attempting to migrate to Germany to reunite with his mother.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more