Poland Marks Anniversary of Smolensk Tragedy

World | April 10, 2012, Tuesday // 08:02|  views

The scene in Smolensk, after the tragic crash, which killed Polish President Kaczynski and a number of the Polish elite. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Poland marks Tuesday the two-year anniversary of the plane crash near Russia's Smolensk, which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska, and 94 people from the country's political and military elite.

On April 10 2010, the government TU-154M took off on its way to Katyn to commemorate 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. The plane crashed near Smolensk during landing killing all on board.

On the eve of the tragic anniversary, supporters of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the late president's twin brother and leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party, burned an effigy of Russian PM Vladimir Putin outside Russia's Embassy in Warsaw.

The supporters refuse to accept Polish and Russian investigators' conclusions that the crash was caused by weather and pilot error, claiming the plane may have been targeted by Russia in retaliation for Poland's opposition to Putin's foreign policy, Los Angeles Times reports.

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