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Mathias Rust
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    (1968- )
    Flew a Cessna light plane from Helsinki, Finland, to Moscow, in the then-USSR, landing next to the Kremlin (May 28, 1987)
    When he disappeared from Finnish radar and refused to respond to air traffic control, they assumed he had crashed and launched a rescue effort that cost $100,000.
    While working as a hospital orderly, he stabbed a student nurse who rejected him. She was injured so badly that if she had not already been in a hospital, she would have died. (November 23, 1989).
    He spent more time in prison for violating Soviet airspace (14 months) than for nearly killing someone (5 months).
    He was arrested for shoplifting a sweater (2001).
    He claimed to be on a peace mission.
    Mikhail Gorbachev used his flight as an excuse to fire several anti-glasnost officials, including the defense minister and air-defense commander.
    He sponsored an orphanage in Russia.

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