How a Teen Accelerated the End of the Cold War with an Illegal Landing in Red Square

18-year-old Mathias Rust near his plane. On May 28, 1987, he amazes the world with his landing on Red Square. — © Ullstein Picture via Getty Images

Today marks exactly 35 years ago that 18-year-old West German pacifist Mathias Rust landed a sports jet near Moscow’s Red Square after an illegal flight that took him past the Iron Curtain and into the heart of Soviet Russia. brought. Rust thus made the world news and made US President Ronald Reagan burst out in an uncontrollable fit of laughter. In 2022, the ‘peace dove’ and the ‘Don Quixote of the sky’ are concerned about the war in Ukraine. “Putin is doing everything he can to stay in power.”

Tom De Smet

Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 14:30