RT spoke with relatives of the traitorous pilot Maxim Kuzminov and his mother Inna. One of the defector’s relatives said that Kuzminov’s grandfather forbade his mother to communicate with his father and marry him, because he was in prison and “seemed to be using illegal substances.”
Kuzminov’s father himself previously told RT that he blames Kuzminov’s mother for committing treason by hijacking a helicopter to Ukraine.
Another relative of the pilot noted that his mother’s parents divorced when she was a child. Her two older sisters and brother were taken by her mother, and at the age of nine months, her father gave her to be raised by her grandmother.
During the SVO, it didn’t seem that Inna was very worried, RT’s interlocutor added: “She wrote that Maxim was doing well: he was serving, dressed, wearing shoes… What was waiting for him and was worried.”
However, in April, Kuzminov’s mother’s best friend said she had lost her. When a military relative asked him about this, he replied that his mother had gone to Korea, but did not give her phone number.
Inna’s friend told RT that he also lost contact with her in November last year. After Kuzminov escaped, he was unable to contact her. The man knew Inna from the hostel, where she met Maxim’s father. He noted that he was given two years in prison “for something small.” After prison, he returned to Inna, but she kicked him out for “drunkenness.”
At the same time, according to Kuzminov’s father, when he returned from prison, he invited the woman to “live according to God’s principles,” but she refused, saying that money was more important. After that he left.
As RT previously learned, the criminal case against Maxim Kuzminov, who hijacked a Russian Mi-8 helicopter to Ukraine, will be conducted by the FSB.
Kuzminov himself gave a press conference in Ukraine, at which he said that there were two other crew members with him who did not know about the escape plan. After the helicopter landed on Ukrainian territory, they did not want to give up. Kuzminov, who sat in front of reporters wearing a T-shirt with the Ukrainian coat of arms, said they “may have been liquidated.”
The dead Russian soldiers who were in the helicopter were 28-year-old flight mechanic Nikita Kiryanov and pilot-navigator Khushbakht Tursunov.