Egypt’s Russian Culture Center halts activities in week-long mourning
Russian Culture Center in Cairo- Photo Courtesy of the Center's facebook page

CAIRO: The Russian Culture Center in Cairo announced it will halt its work for a week to mourn the victims of the Russian airliner that crashed Saturday over the Sinai Peninsula, MENA reported Sunday.

The center, one of the most active foreign culture centers in Egypt, will suspend all activities including upcoming concerts, center director Alexy Tefanian told the state-owned news agency.

Tefanian expressed his “deep sorrow regarding the catastrophe,” and said that a book of condolence will be opened at the Russian embassy in Cairo for three days.

Early on Sunday, a number of Egyptians flocked to the headquarters of the Russian embassy to place wreaths of flowers, mourning the victims and showing solidarity with the Russian people, some told Youm7.

All 224 passengers and crew were killed when Russian airliner A321 fell into a mountainous area in center of Sinai. Three of the victims were from Ukraine and the rest were Russians.

The plane was heading from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport to Russia, when it lost radar contact only 23 minutes after its take off.

The bodies of 178 victims have been recovered from the debris thus far, and transferred to Zeinhom Morgue.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing, with the collaboration of the Russian experts; however, preliminary results revealed “technical failure” is behind the crisis.

On the other hand, Russia filed a criminal lawsuit against airline Kogalymavia after the crash.

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