The anniversary of the Smolensk tragedy in Poland

In Poland, held ceremonies to mark the first anniversary of the Smolensk tragedy that killed, among others, President Lech Kaczynski.

Evening of April 9.

Near the high-rise embassy in Warsaw, Russian demonstration demanding the truth about the causes of the crash near Smolensk. The participants are outraged that the Russian night from Friday to Saturday changed the fixed Poles memaryyalnguyu plaque in Smolensk in honor of the victims of the disaster. After changing their name to bilingual, and changed the text by removing the phrase from there that the dead were flying "to commemorate the victims of Soviet genocide."

Demonstrators chant — "Shame," "Thieves."

Sunday, April 10. Seven in the morning.

The military airport in Warsaw. Ecumenical prayer service with relatives of the crash victims. No politicians, no journalists.

Near the presidential palace. Photo by Alexey Dzikavitski (junior).

Although a year ago, terrible for the country days after the disaster, there was much talk about unity, politicians were unable to agree together to mark the anniversary of the tragic events. Representatives of the ruling coalition, and it belongs to Premier, the speakers of both houses of parliament on the one hand and the brother of the late President Lech Kaczynski, the leader of the largest opposition party "Law and Justice" Jaroslaw Kaczynski — the other, take part in different activities at different times.

Around the Sejm — the images deputies dead. Photo by Alexey Dzikavitski (junior).

Proponents of the "Law and Justice" believe that the government of Donald Tusk is doing quite enough to figure out the causes of the tragedy, but other than that the current government does not agree to the monument Lech Kaczynski near the presidential palace in Warsaw.

Therefore, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is not on the main public celebrations taking place in the capital's military cemetery Povonzki — there is a monument to the victims of the disaster, some of them are buried. Says the president Bronislaw Komorowski.

The President Komorowski speaks at the monument to victims of the disaster at the cemetery in Warsaw. Photo

"I think that there must be said that the most beautiful of all the monuments that we could install the victims, a monument to the unity which is also built on the base of dramatic experiences of national mourning, but understanding that a lot remains to be done in the name of memory those that have gone years ago. "

8:00, 41 minutes.

Similarly, in this time a year ago broke presidential TU154. All — members mourning, politics, drivers, pedestrians in equal pause for several minutes. Wailing siren.

Meanwhile in the morning, thousands of people come to the presidential palace, in the center of Warsaw Street Cracow suburb.

Portrait of the presidential couple on the background of the presidential palace. Photo by Alexey Dzikavitski (junior).

"I once heard a siren, immediately thought — what am I doing in the house, time to go. So quickly gathered his family, but came to the presidential palace."


According to the results of public opinion surveys conducted on the eve of the anniversary of the Smolensk tragedy, about 70% of Poles believe that the causes of the accident are still not fully understood and that there will be clarified in the near future.

Pillar, covered with portraits of Lech Kaczynski near the presidential palace. Photo by Alexey Dzikavitski (junior).

According to the report of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), the cause of the disaster was bad weather and, above all, to pilot error.

The Polish party criticizes the IAC report, saying that the committee did not consider the comments of the Polish to the document.

Salute in honor of the victims. Photo

It is still unknown why the pilot of the presidential TU154 went to the landing, despite the adverse weather conditions. Polish side is not transferred to the original "black boxes", as well as what was left of the aircraft were.


10.04.2010 in the North Smolensk airport Polish plane crashed TU154 flying to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish officers at Katyn. Killing all 96 passengers, including President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, all combat commanders of the Polish Army, a number of parliamentarians, government officials, prominent public figures.

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