gzt:networkn: So if Russian is ultimately responsible now, who will "compensate" the families?
The airline and therefore the insurers. If the insurers manage to wiggle out due to an act of war clause (debatable) then financial responsibility will fall back on the airline, and therefore on the government of Malaysia.
As for Russia being found responsible (early days yet) and accepting responsibility, if that should occur in reality that would be a long drawn out diplomatic process which may or may not conclude. Imho it would be unlikely to occur while Putin is at the helm and will probably wait for at least one or two changes of government.
Airlines are due to compensate US$150,000 per passenger. If there was no airline fault, there is no further liability. Agree with Putin comment