Sceptical Poles remember plane crash that killed elite


Several thousand far-right activists chanted anti-government slogans in Warsaw yesterday as they gathered to honour Poland’s former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010 along with many of the country’s ruling elite.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the ex-president’s twin and leader of Poland’s main opposition party, addressed the crowds, who were waving Polish flags and holding banners saying: “It was not an accident ... They [the passengers] were betrayed ... The whole truth will only see the light of the day when we regain power,” Mr Kaczynski, who heads the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS), said on the second anniversary of the crash. Earlier this week he said the was “increasingly convinced” the crash was the result of an attack after a report by his party claimed two explosions shook the plane before it crashed.

The chief of Poland’s armed forces, the head of its navy, its central bank governor and MPs were among those killed as the plane tried to land in thick fog in Smolensk. Russia attributed the crash to pilot error. – (Reuters)