Band of terrorists the jazz family that hijacked a plane to escape USSR

Friday 8th March, 2013

Terrorism Twenty-five years after Seven Simeons, a Soviet family jazz band, caused a bloodbath following a failed hijacking, they still polarize opinion. To some they are victims of totalitarianism, to others murderers, prepared to kill innocents for material gain. On March 8, 1988, during a routine flight between Irkutsk and Leningrad, a man holding an instrument case containing a double bass, a sawn-off shotgun and home-made explosive devices passed a note to the flight attendant, whom he would shoot at point blank range an hour later. It read “Change course to London. Don’t descend, o…

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