Poles mourn leadership in Russian jet crash

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France & US)

Image: Getty Images; Janek Skarzynski (France-Presse)
"Crowd gathers at Presidential Palace in Warsaw."

"The crash came as a staggering blow to Poland, wiping out a large swath of the country’s leadership, including the commanders of all four branches of the military, the head of the central bank, the president and many of his top advisors." #

President Lech Kaczynski and entourage were on their way to the Katyn forest close to Smolensk, to honor 20,000 Polish officers captured and executed by the Soviet secret police, who invaded Poland in

Mr. Kaczynski, who is seen by the Kremlin as less friendly to Russia, was not invited to the joint Russian-Polish ceremony on Wednesday. Instead, Mr. Kaczynski decided to attend a separate, Polish-organized event in Katyn on Saturday......#

About: Zbrodnia katyńska, was a mass murder of many thousands of Polish prisoners of war (primarily military officers), intellectuals, police officers, and other public servants by the Soviet NKVD... History.

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