April 10, 2010 2:37 AM Subscribe
posted by Busy Old Fool (155 comments total)
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The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, his wife and 130 others, including a huge proportion of the elite of Polish politics, have died in a plane crash.
The Prime Minister, Donald Tusk
, is one of the few major governmental figures who was not
on the flight. It crashed near Katyn
, scene of one of the greatest of Poland's many tragedies, where thousands of Poles, mainly the top army officers, were killed by Russians 70 years ago. The flight was taking them to a memorial for the massacre.
The dead include the army chief of staff, 6 top generals, the governor of the central bank, the deputy foreign minister, the ambassador to Russia, 15 MPs from all parties, 2 vice presidents of parliament, one vice-president of the Senate, most of the top figures from the families of the victims of Katyn memorial society and Ryszard Kaczorowski
, the final president of the London-based government-in-exile during Soviet rule.