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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Pays Tribute to Farkhutdinov

ReutersPresident Vladimir Putin comforting Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov's widow at a funeral Wednesday in Yuzhnosakhalinsk.
Thousands of mourners lined up Wednesday to pay last respects to Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov and other victims of last week's helicopter crash that killed all 20 people on board.

Farkhutdinov and many of his administration's senior officials died last Wednesday when their Mi-8 helicopter crashed on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Investigators said the crash followed a risky maneuver during a dangerously low flight in deep fog.

President Vladimir Putin attended the funeral in the Sakhalin capital, Yuzhnosakhalinsk.

He praised Farhutdinov's achievements and offering condolences to his widow.

Putin joined thousands of people who laid flowers on the coffins on Yuzhnosakhalinsk's main square.

The burial followed a three-day official mourning period in the far eastern region.