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MOSCOW — A Russian man has lost hundreds of thousands of air miles after he smuggled an overweight cat onto a cross-country flight last week.

Russia’s flagship airline, Aeroflot, kicked Mikhail Galin off its frequent flier programme after accounts of the high-stakes operation went viral on Russian social media.

In a trick reminiscent of a bank heist or spy thriller, Galin used a body-double cat to work around Aeroflot’s 8 kilogram (about 18 pound) limit for animals transported in the plane’s cabin when flying from Moscow to Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast.

Photo of Mikhail Galin with Viktor the cat on a plane

Mikhail Galin with Viktor the cat on board a flight to Vladivostok. (Mikhail Galin)

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