FROM THE HEAD OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL HOUSE
It was with enormous sorrow that I learned of the news of the crash of the Russian military transport airplane, with the loss of 92 of our countrymen.
I and my son and heir, the Grand Duke George of Russia, express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives, and that God will grant strength and comfort to their families and friends. I had the pleasure of knowing many of the victims personally, and I knew from many of our friends in Russia of the accomplishments and service of many others on board this flight. All who perished were gifted and talented people, deeply concerned about the suffering of others, courageous, charitable, and utterly selfless.
May the Lord grant them rest in His Kingdom!
H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia
Madrid, December 12/25, 2016