Plane Crash Kills Polish President

Various news outlets in Europe and the US are reporting that Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and several high-ranking Polish officials, including former president-in-exile (during World War II) Ryszard Kachorowski, were killed when the plane carrying them crashed while landing at an aiport in Russia. They were on their way to commemorate the anniversary of the infamous (though long denied) Russian mass-murder of more than 20,000 Polish army officers, officials, and members of the intelligentsia in Katyn in 1940.

This is a great shock for Poles and friends of Poland everywhere. Fortunately, Poland's current Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, was not on the plane; nor was Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

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