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Russian KHL jet crash: Lone player survivor, Alexander Galimov, dies

Alexander Galimov, shown trying to score during a Channel One Cup game in Dec. 2010, was the only Lokomotiv player to survive a jet crash on Sept. 7. Galimov died Monday from burns suffered in the crash. (Misha Japaridze/AP)

Alexander Galimov survived the initial crash but could not recover from severe burns that covered 90 percent of his body. All 37 Lokomotiv players on board the flight have died along with all but one member of the crew. Galimov’s passing will add to the widespread grief felt across Russia and Eastern Europe, but it will be especially difficult to stomach in Yaroslavl. The 26-year-old was a product of the city’s youth program and was the subject of chants — such as “Galimov, live for the whole team!” — at vigils and rallies following the crash.

Tens of thousands, including Russian Prime Minister Vladi­mir Putin attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the crash held at Yaroslavl’s sports arena on Saturday.

Photo gallery: Scenes from the aftermath of the crash
Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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