In 2004, Russia and Germany built a sculptural memorial at the crash site, in the form of a broken necklace the beads of which are scattered around like aircraft debris.
On Sunday night, friends and relatives of the Russian nationals who lost their lives in the crash attended a memorial ceremony held near the memorial. Parallel ceremonies were held in Ufa, Bashkortostan, the home city of most of the victims.
Ms Gulnaz Basyrova is a television reporter based in Ufa:
"Bashkortostan is mourning its Bodensee dead. The main remembrance ceremony took place at Ufa Airport. Officials, aviation workers and veterans observed a minute of silence and laid flowers to memorial plaques. The victims were also remembered at a ceremony held in an Ufa cemetery where many of them are buried."
A probe conducted by Germany blamed the disaster on criminal negligence on the part of employees of the Swiss ‘Skyguide’ company. Importantly, instead of the usual two traffic controllers, there was only one on duty that night.
We have further details from the chief spokesman for Ufa Airport Tagar Muhametshin:
"The collision aversion systems installed on the two jets turned out orders for the Boeing to descend, and for the Russian Tupolev, to climb. The traffic controller interfered, ordering both crews to climb. They obeyed the order, which resulted in a collision."
The controller in charge, Peter Nielsen, was subsequently sacked. In 2004, a Russian national named Vitaly Kaloyev, who lost his wife and both children in the Bodensee crash, reached Mr Nielsen in his Zurich home and killed him. A Swiss court sentenced Mr Kaloyev to 8 years in jail. Three and half years into his term, the Swiss judicial authorities released Mr Kaloyev in reward for exemplary behaviour while in detention.
On Sunday night, Mr Kaloyev attended the remembrance ceremony that was held near the Bodensee memorial. His presence became possible after interference by Russian diplomats helped him leave Munich Airport, where he was held up on request from Switzerland.