The growing tension in the relationship between the United States and Russia has led a Russian official to question the authenticity of the first landing on the moon in 1969.
A Russian government official is calling for a probe into the findings of the first landing on the moon in 1969, claiming that such an investigation may shed new light on the American achievement and the mysterious disappearance of original footage from the landing. “We are not claiming that they did not fly to the moon. But all of these scientific artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss.”
In an op-ed published by the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Vladimir Markin, spokesperson for the Kremlin’s official Investigative Committee, argued that the disappearance of the findings must be investigated along with the original Apollo 11 photo from 1969 and the first moon rock brought back by the crew.
In 2009, NASA admitted that it was forced to erase some of the video recordings from its archives in order to save money. Among the erased footage was the original video of Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon. However, NASA has since restored some of the footage using recordings from news channels.
In his article, Markin gave a hint as to why he decided to speculate about the US moon landing now and wrote that the US authorities had crossed a red line by launching a corruption investigation into nine FIFA officials. “The American prosecutors have declared themselves the supreme authority on international football affairs,” Markin claimed and added that the US tends to confuse political negotiations with corruption.