Polish leader dies in plane crash
Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.
Polish and Russian officials said no-one had survived after the plane apparently hit trees as it approached Smolensk's airport in thick fog.
Poland's army chief, central bank governor, MPs and leading historians were among more than 80 passengers.
They were flying in from Warsaw to mark 70 years since the Katyn massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces.
The BBC's Adam Easton, in Warsaw, says the crash is a catastrophe for the Polish people.
He says Prime Minister Donald Tusk was reportedly in tears when he was told.
Mr Tusk, who runs the day-to-day business of government, has called an emergency meeting of ministers.
The Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass news agency the plane crashed at 1056 Moscow time (0656 GMT).
SAD. HORRIBLE. RIP.
Putin Marks Soviet Massacre of Polish Officers
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday became the first Russian or Soviet leader to join Polish officials in commemorating the anniversary of the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II.
Mr. Putin cast the executions as one tragedy out of many wrought by what he called the Soviet Union’s “totalitarian regime.”
“We bow our heads to those who bravely met death here,” Mr. Putin said at a site in the Katyn forest close to the Russian city of Smolensk, where 70 years ago members of the Soviet secret police executed more than 20,000 Polish officers captured after the Soviet Army invaded in 1939.
“In this ground lay Soviet citizens, burnt in the fire of the Stalinist repression of the 1930s; Polish officers, shot on secret orders; soldiers of the Red Army, executed by the Nazis.”
THE MASSACRE WAS NOT ATYPICAL; IT WAS AN S.O.P. - FOR AND STALIN AND THE USSR.
GENOCIDE AND DISINFORMATION ARE THE PILLARS OF TYRANNY.
Lech Aleksander Kaczyński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈlɛx alɛˈksandɛr kaˈtʂɨɲskʲi] ( listen); 18 June 1949 – 10 April 2010) was the President of the Republic of Poland from 2005 to 2010, a politician of the party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice, PiS). Kaczyński served as Mayor of Warsaw from 2002 until 22 December 2005, the day before his presidential inauguration. He was the identical twin brother of the former Prime Minister of Poland and current Chairman of the Law and Justice party, Jarosław Kaczyński.
... In the 1970s Lech Kaczyński was an activist in the pro-democratic anti-Communist movement in Poland, Workers' Defence Committee, as well as the Independent Trade Union movement. In August, 1980, he became an adviser to the Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee in the Gdańsk Shipyard and the Solidarity movement. During the martial law introduced by the communists in December, 1981, he was interned as an anti-socialist element. After his release from internment, he returned to trade union activities, becoming a member of the underground Solidarity.
When Solidarity was legalized again in the late 1980s, Lech Kaczyński was an active adviser of Lech Wałęsa and his Komitet Obywatelski Solidarność in 1988. From February to April, 1989, he participated in Polish Round Table talks.... In 2001 he founded the conservative political party Law and Justice (PiS) party with his brother Jarosław. Lech Kaczyński was the president of the party between 2001 and 2003. His brother Jaroslaw is its current chairman.
... During his inauguration he stated several goals he would pursue during his presidency. Among those concerning internal affairs were: increasing social solidarity in Poland, bringing justice to those who were responsible or affected by communist crimes in the People's Republic of Poland, fighting corruption, providing security in economy, and safety for development of family. Kaczyński also stated that he would seek to abolish differences between regions. In his speech he also put emphasis on combining modernisation with tradition and remembering the teachings of Pope John Paul II.
On December 21, 2008, Lech Kaczyński became the first Polish head of state to visit a Polish synagogue for a religious service. His attendance coincided with the first night of Hanukkah.
A SAD DAY FOR POLAND.
- IT'S CERTAINLY NOT OUTSIDE THE CHARACTER, ABILITY OR HISTORY OF THE KGB:
- THE KATYN MASSACRE WAS COMMITTED BY THE FORERUNNER OF THE KGB - UNDR DIRECT ORDERS OF THE RUSSIAN LEADER AT THE TIME.
- AND IT COMES A WEEK AFTER OBAMA APPEASES PUTIN WITH AN ARMS TREATY - AND DAYS AFTER PUTIN'S ALLIES SEIZE (RE-TAKE) KYRGYZSTAN.
I THINK IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE PUTIN IS EXPANDING RUSSIA'S GLOBAL POWER WITH NO FEAR OF OBAMA.
IT LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS PUTIN'S BITCH.
AHMADINEJAD AND MAHMOUD ABBAS MUST BE GETTING JEALOUS.
I WONDER IF THIS CAN BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED - I SUSPECT ANY RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION COULD BE VERY EASILY CORRUPTED.
UPDATE #2: I THINK THOSE WHO TRUST PUTIN'S INVESTIGATION ARE DANGEROUSLY GULLIBLE DUPES - AT BEST. PROBABLY COMSYMPS.
UPDATE #3: UNREAL (VIA MEMEORANDUM): ABC/OZ:
Russia says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally head the investigation into an aeroplane crash that killed Poland's president.THIS PROVES IT FOR ME: IT WAS MASS MURDER.