Saturday, 10 April 2010

In memoriam

 This time this post will not be on Asian or Korean matters.

I made this movie about Mr President. It is my first movie, so have some understanding...
President of Poland Lech Kaczynski passed away

Today at about 9 am CET the presidential plane crashed near Smolensk (Russia) at 4th attempt to land.
The president of Poland with the First Lady and 88 other top important leaders of the country are dead.

Mr President was flying to attend the 70th anniversary of Katin genocide. During the 2nd World War Soviet "Ally" in the war versus Nazi Germany gathered and killed about 22 000 of top Polish intelligentsia: military officers, official leaders, aristocrats and nobles, professors, lawyers, doctors, and priests.

Several days ago in Katin met Mr Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Mr Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, and Mr Vladimir Putin, cirrent Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Despite of variety of optimistic comments in Poland, "historical breakthrough" after years of silence and denying Soviet/Russian involvement and governmental conspiracy in the Katin Massacre, it was only a tiny step on the very long road ahead. There was indeed Prime Minister of Russia in Katin, but there weren't many Russian media, there were not any news on the topic, and on the very day of the meeting pravda.ru put some concert of the secondary pop-star or her divorce as the top news of the day.

Mr President wasn't invited to Katin on the official meetings with Prime Minister Putin, because he was the person responsible for the idea of the "eastern partnership" of the European Union and spreading the idea of democracy and souvereignity to the east, slow democratisation of Belarus, and also the main inventor of the Belsat TV project which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - the Belarus satelite tv independent on the Lukashenka regime.

Now following cnn.com:
(CNN) -- There are no survivors in the crash of a plane that was carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, according to the governor of Smolensk, the Russian region where the plane crashed.
The plane was approaching the airport at Smolensk and probably hit some trees at the end of the runway, a spokesman for Poland's Foreign Ministry told CNN.

"It caught fire, the fire has now been extinguished, but the extent of the damage is such that it's unlikely anybody on board survived," Piotr Paszkowsk said.
Kaczynski was 60.
Pictures from the scene showed parts of the airplane charred and strewn through a wooded area. Some pieces, including one of the wheel wells, were upside-down.
The crash happened around 10:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. ET) on the outskirts of the town of Pechorsk in the Smolensk region, the Investigation Committee of the Russian prosecutor's office said in a written statement on its Web site.
The Tupolev-154 was carrying a total of 132 and was landing in heavy fog, the committee said.

The chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expressed his condolences after the crash.

 On the crash site the journalists from Poland are not being allowed to even come closer to the site because of "securing evidence". They are kept in total ignorance and do not know anything new.
 
Currently the head of the state is Mr Bronislaw Komorowski, the Spealer of the Polish Lower Chamber of the Parliament.
 
In the Katin woodland there were people waiting for Mr President. These were members of the families of those murdered in Katin, journalists, and priests and other public involved.
 
On the plane crashed were in order of the presidency:
Mr President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński
Mrs First Lady of the Republic of Poland, Maria Kaczyńska
Mr Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of the Republic of Poland in exile
Mr Krzysztof Putra, vice - speaker of the Parliament

Mrs Krystyna Bochenek, vice-speaker of the Senate
Mr Jerzy Szmajdziński, vice-cpeaker of the Parliament
Mr Władysław Stasiak, the presidential Chief of Staff
Mr Aleksander Szczygło, the president of the National Security Council
Mr Paweł Wypych, Minister of Staff of the President of Poland
Mr Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland
Mr Andrzej Kremer, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gen. Franciszek Gągor, Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of Poland
Mr Andrzej Przewoźnik, The President of the Historical Memory Council
Mr Grzegorz Dolniak, vice - leader of the Civic Platform Parliamentary Club, the Polish Congressman
Mr Przemysław Gosiewski, leader of the Law and Justice Parliamentary Club, the Polish Congressman
Mr Zbigniew Wasserman, the Polish Congressman, Mr President's Friend
Mr Janusz Kochanowski, the Ombudsman
Mr Sławomir Skrzypek, The President of the National Bank of Poland, Mr President's Friend
Mr Janusz Kurtyka, The President of the National Memory Institute, IPN
Bishop Gen. Tadeusz Płoski, The Field Chaplain of the Polish Army

And many other importand leaders and special people

Non omnis moriar

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My personal comment:
3 days ago I haven't seen any russian tv in Katin. Now they are there and it's good.
Why can't they have better planes, but only those stupid Tupolev junk?
Why like during the worst Soviet times, journalists are kept far away from the site?
Why Mr Radoslaw Sikorski did not go immediately to Russia?
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And why did they have so many stupid interpersonal conflicts which were played against them by Russia during last months?

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And again, why did they go there? Because of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM1zyQ_zffM&feature=related

9 comments:

  1. First came to know about it from Twitter .. awful!! I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but having all the important people on one place sounds a bit ... ummm ... you know .... like placing all your eggs in the same basket.

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  2. Yes, people say that a lot. I will keep you updated... thank you :)

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  3. Dear readers, I will keep you updated. Today the president's body is transferred to Poland, I am now off into the streets of Warsaw again. Cut off the internet until tomorrow.

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  4. My consolidates. It is so sad and tragic.

    > 3 days ago I haven't seen any russian tv in Katin. Now they are there and it's good.

    what about 1920?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100407/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_poland_wwii_massacre


    Why can't they have better planes, but only those stupid Tupolev junk?
    According to media it is not the main reason.

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  5. My condolences to all the Polish people. Maybe I'm weird, but I can't stop thinking of a conspiracy, I can't stop thinking of where do some of the top Russian politicians come from...

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  6. Thank you very much.
    As far as I know there was no foul game or conspiracy.
    The one not understandable thing is that they were still flying these difficult to fly Tupolev junks.
    There is reasonable suspicion that Mr President insisted on landing, because people gathered in Katin and they gatered there relying on his presence.
    He was a small but stubborn man. If he landed in Minsk, he would never attended the celebrations in Katin, and the Russian authorities might ban to organize them later, especially that it is very difficult to organize them at all. This mass in Katin is a result of long talks, negotiations and efforts every single year.
    So very likely it was himself who by insisting on landing caused the tragedy.
    But on the other hand my fellow aviation technitian said that Tupolevs like to break if their engines change power too often. The plane tried to land for 4 times and it was enough for an engine to blow up in parts.

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  7. Thank you for your information. Right now we can believe that it was a tragic accident, and it seems that the Russian government is trying to help as much as it can. On Saturday(or Sunday?) night one of the main Russian public TV stations broadcast that excellent film by Wajda. I think that it's very important that the truth about the massacre of Katyn finally be known by the Russian people, not only to improve their understanding of the Polish historical grievances,but also to remind them of the real face of Stalin, whose record has been withered during the last years.

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  8. Exactly. The help of Russian authorities, their support in these tragic circumstances is simply wonderfull. The irony of the fate is that the tragedy connects nations at last.

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  9. Facebook kicked my message off, so I write it here. I want to say thanks to all Russian people who shown their condolences and shared our shock and grief. Thank you for the flowers and candles and other things. For your interest in reconciliation and peace. For your interest in our common history.

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