Vladimir Putin cancelled the Victory Day flypast as the last minute because he feared there would be an “aerial strike” in Moscow by a kamikaze attack or a missile during the low flypast.
At the time Putin blamed poor weather despite their being clear blue skies over Moscow as the military parade was to see 77 planes fly over the Red Square.
The flypast was due to see Putin’s fearsome “Doomsday” Ilyushin Il-80 plane fly over the Red Square as it did during rehearsals on Saturday.
General SVR Telegram channel which is an anti-Putin Russian outlet claimed that they have an insider source in the Kremlin.
They reported, “We need to explain why the aerial part of the Victory Parade was cancelled.
“The reason in Moscow is simple. Russian president Vladimir Putin was afraid of a possible strike from the air.”
The Russian analyst who is also an investigative journalist Christo Grozev said in an interview that “We will soon find out.”
“All these conspiracy theories…have the right to exist because this is a special year which attempts to sabotage Russian troops and power.
“It is logical during a war.
“That’s why more paranoid measures were taken, although any hint that some pilot misbehaved, well, it could cause it all to be cancelled.”
There were also claims that the Doomsday plane had suffered a “technical malfunction,” Grozev said.
Grozev is also associated with British-based Bellingcat open source research group which has run investigations on Russian corruption.
“I am sure that we will most likely find out the [real] cause in the coming days.”