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Putin Calls Giffords’ Brother-in-Law in Space. What? Why?

International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly, brother-in-law of Arizona shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords, got a sympathy call in space from Russian PM Vladimir Putin. (Credit: NASA)

[Don’t you find it odd that the Russian PM would call the brother-in-law of the Arizona congresswoman who was shot – who just happens to be a Commander of the International Space Station?

What did Gabrielle Giffords know?  Why was she targeted? Love them more!! T]

January 11, 2011
Posted by William Harwood

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called the International Space Station Tuesday and told commander Scott Kelly the Russian people offered their “whole-hearted condolences” over the Tucson shooting that severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the wife of Kelly’s twin brother Mark.

Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to the head [that’s pretty precise shooting for a pot-smoking kid] in the shooting spree Saturday, which left six people dead and 13 others injured.

Putin called the space station crew to discuss upcoming events being planned to mark the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s launch in 1961 to become the first human in space. But he began with a personal message to Kelly.

“I would like to greet everybody at the mission control (center), everybody on orbit,” Putin radioed the six-member station crew. “I’d like to start our conversation today with words of whole-hearted condolences, which I would like to express to the commander … Mr. Scott Kelly, in relation to the assassination attempt to the Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.”

In interpreted remarks, Putin told Kelly “I would like to assure you that there are no people in Russia who are not touched by this terrible news. We know that Mrs. Giffords is the wife of your brother, a NASA astronaut who has visited Moscow on several occasions. We express our deepest condolences to your family and to all those who were touched by this terrible crime.”

Kelly told Putin he would pass the comments on to his brother in Tucson.



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  1. jackpotlady says:

    I really don’t think there is much so wierd about the call, what with the anniversary coming up Putin would have probably called anyway and it would be expected for him to say something. I would have found it much stranger if he had called and not mentioned to include condolences. For me to theorize just leads to un-necessary negative thought processes. And I am trying to leave the 3D world that wonders and worries and makes un necessary stress!

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