A survey published today by the fairly staid Moscow daily Noviye Izvestia found that barely half its readers believe the official report that the blast was caused by a meteor.
According to the newspaper, the other half prefer to believe in an assortment of bizarre explanations, including that the blast was a secret US weapon test, an off-course ballistic missile, a message from God, a crashing alien spaceship, or even an extraterrestrial trojan horse carrying a deadly space virus to wipe out the Earth.
Sure, we have plenty of nuts with nutso theories here. But nothing like this.
Although our nuts don't have the excuse of having lived under Communism and Putinism, which waged war on facts and twisted the people's perception.