April 10, 2010: Polish Air Crash in Smolensk, Russia
On the 10th of April 2010, the Polish military plane, Tu-154, was involved in a fatal crash in the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all the crew and passengers aboard. The deaths included the Polish President and First Lady, the last Polish President in exile, the Chief of the General Staff, Commanders-in-Chief, the Chairman of the Polish National Bank, the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, as well as a number of MP's, senators and prominent figures of the Polish elite, among the 96 dead.
This incident, which includes these prominent deaths, naturally calls for a complete and transparent investigation - the natural work of international aviation agencies with extensive experience is just such investigations.
Yet, on the day of the crash, the Polish government decided to leave the investigation solely in Russian hands, without securing the rights to appeal to international organizations, aviation organizations, and relinquishing the right of an inspection, or any efficient supervision over examination procedures.
Specifically, the Polish government refused to consider any help from NATO, and did not attempt to gather any support from other European Union countries.
As a result, all the evidence gathered has been left on Russian soil, including confidential military and security codes belonging to NATO's armies, "black boxes", and other flight recording devices containing all flight parameters.
None of this evidence, as well as any debris of the wreckage, has ever been returned to Poland.
This evidence has been held hostage in Russia for
2362 days. Read more here
The Court is considering deposing Tusk and Sikorski about the Smolensk Crash
Having avoided the court for a considerable period of time, Tomasz Arabski, the head of Chancellery in the Prime Minister Tusk’s office, finally appeared in court. He is charged with negligence during the organization of the tragic flight to Smolensk on April 10, 2010. Stefan Hambura, attorney for some of the victims’ families, has made a request that Donald Tusk and Radosław Sikorski also appear in court to testify about the Smolensk crash. More Here
A Brief History of Explosives on the Wreckage
After the crash in Smolensk in April 10 2010 several experts pointed out massive destruction of the structure of the airplane. Supposedly, Tu-154M hit the muddy ground with relatively low velocity and under shallow angle. Polish official report confirms “this type of crash is classified as a low energy low angle impact”. Moreover, “the swampy ground and shrubbery suppressed energy of the impact”.  There was neither fireball nor explosion of the fuel. So, what caused such a massive destruction and instant death of all passengers? More Here
Polish Secret Services and the Smolensk Crash
On May 12, 2016, the new Polish government presented a report on the state of the country in the Polish Parliament. This day-long presentation given by key ministers from the Cabinet of Prime Minister Szydlo focused mainly on the general audit of the ministries operations under the previous government. Information with respect to the Smolensk crash of April 10, 2010, in Russia, was presented, among others, by the current head of the secret services Mariusz Kaminski. More Here
Mystery of the Black Boxes - Part 2
How many different versions can be obtained from one of cockpit voice recorder tape? The answer is: many. In the case of Smolensk crash as it stands we have 8 different versions of recordings from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR). Those versions differ in terms of content and length of the recording even up to few minutes.
"Why Poland and the EU will no longer follow America’s lead," - Says former high-ranking CIA Official
The American media, as well as that of the European Union, are awash in articles critical of the election of Poland’s Law and Justice Party (PIS) and the new Polish government formed after that landslide victory, calling the new leaders “right-wing” radicals and dictators that crossed the line with their “disturbing tilt” to the right. In 2015, the PIS won both presidential and parliamentary elections and, for the first time since the Second World War, removed entrenched pro-communist, pro-Russian stooges from power in Poland. More Here
“Barbarity is the word to describe this situation...” says Father Kiedrowicz referring to the Smolensk crash.
The funeral of tragically deceased General Andrzej Błasik (left in the photo) will take place on Jasna Góra. His ashes will be buried at the National Remembrance Temple. Błasik’s remains were found at the site of the Smolensk crash by participants of the Katyn Rally. More Here
Mystery of the Black Boxes
Inconsistencies in the length of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) recordings raise the question whether flight parameters could have been manipulated. Original FDR black box and KBN-1-1 recorders are still in Russia and never were subject of any independent analysis to rule this possibility out.
Who covered up swapping of the Smolensk victims’ bodies?
"Gazeta Polska” established that already five months after the crash of the Tu154M in Smolensk, Russia, Polish Prime Minister at that time - Donald Tusk – received information from Russia that in the coffin of former President of Poland in Exile Mr. Ryszard Kaczorowski another person’s body was placed. More Here
Did MP Leszek Deptuła survive the Smolensk crash?
Joanna Krasowska-Deptuła, the widow of MP Leszek Deptuła of PSL who died in the Smolensk disaster on April 10, 2010, testified that her husband called her at the time of the crash. The woman did not answer the phone, and a message was left on her voice mail. This information was provided several hours after the Smolensk crash by the weekly "Wprost." More Here
A new team of prosecutors for Smolensk investigation
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced that he is about to appoint a team of prosecutors to investigate the case of the Smolensk disaster. The team will be chaired by Deputy Attorney General Mark Pasionek, and will consist of experienced prosecutors from around the country - he said. More Here
What happened to the Polish black box from Tu-154M that crashed in Smolensk?
The Polish black box of Tu-154 wandered from Russia to Poland back and forth. It turns out that what we got the first time around was not a black box from the Polish aircraft. The Russians brought to Poland for testing something else. This fact has just been revealed at the hearing of the Commission for National Defense by Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz. More Here
"Smolensk" - the official motion picture trailer
The "Smolensk" motion picture is to premiere in Poland, before the sixth anniversary of the tragic April 10, 2010 plane crash, that claimed the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and all 94 passengers, and crew on board.
Danish engineer to play an important part in the re-opened investigation of Polish plane crash
The recent change of the Government in Poland paves the way for the Danish civil engineer to participate in a new study of the plane crash that has racked Poland for nearly six years. Many believe that the crash was a Russian assassination operation sanctioned by Putin himself. More Here
Ewa Kochanowska blames Tusk, Arabski, and Sikorski for the Smolensk Disaster
Smolensk became a totem around which the "wild tribes" could gather. It was created by PO people, who needed a hated enemy, around which they could unite. That enemy had become late President Lech Kaczynski, said Ewa Kochanowska, widow of the Smolenks victim. More Here
Poland is losing Top Brass like no other country!
Poland is the only country in NATO, in which so many generals lost their lives in an unnatural way over the past several years! Given the events of the last few decades, such developments should not be called as coincidence of adverse events but rather a well-organized and planned operation to deprive Poland of the best specialists of military tactics. More Here
A retired colonel says that upon learning about the crash of Tu154M in Smolensk the Intelligence Agency did not introduce the state of high alert. According to Colonel Peter Wronski, the Russians were prepared for what happened in Smolensk. More Here
President Andrzej Duda may appeal to President Vladimir Putin to return Tu-154M wreckage
Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed new possibilities of recovering the wreckage of Tupolew aircraft owned by the Polish government which went down in Smolensk. In Lisicki’s program Witold Waszczykowski suggested that President Andrzej Duda may issue an appeal to Wladimir Putin in this matter. More Here
Can We Afford the Truth About Smolensk Crash?
Only when PiS government can eliminate the smoldering ruins of the Third Republic, and build up such a State, it will discover the truth about Smolensk. If they have no intention to do so, and rather would like to continue to resuscitate the corpse of the Round Table Agreements in Magdalenka, what awaits us, is a painful disappointment and defeat. More Here
Instead of conducting a thorough investigation into the crash, the government followed and repeated lies produced in Moscow, said Ewa Błasik
Though it has been such a long time, we still do not know why they all died [in Smolensk]? What was the cause of death of our loved ones - asked Ewa Błasik while signing a decree to appoint a new commission for the investigation of the Smolensk crash. More Here
Shredding and destruction of 400 reports critical to the Smolensk crash investigation, prompts Ministry of Defense to notify the Prosecutor's Office
Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz announced on Friday that Poland's Prosecutor General Office will be notified in the the matter of “destruction of all reports concerning the Smolensk crash, which arrived to the Polish Army General Staff on April 10," 2010. The minister decided to declassify the document reporting the destruction of these critical communications. More Here
Minister Tomasz Arabski - Former Chief of Staff in Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Office to be indicted
The court refused to dismiss the civil lawsuit against 5 individuals brought up by families of victims who perished in the Smolensk crash, for failure to carry out their responsibilities in organizing president Lech Kaczynski’s flight to Smolensk on April 10, 2010. This means that the trial of former Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office (KPRM) Tomasz Arabski, and other officials, will resume. The trial is set for March 31, 2016. More Here
Interview with Dr. Berczyński, the new head of the Polish government Smolensk crash investigation committee
"The damage to the wreckage indicates a different course of events than the one presented by the MAK / Miller commissions. However, we begin with a clean slate, and with no presumptions,” says Dr. Berczynski, the newly appointed head of the Polish government Smolensk crash Investigation commission. More Here
Russia Refuses Cooperation in Smolensk Investigation
According to Maj. Martin Maksjana, spokesman of the Polish Military Prosecutor’s Office (NPW), in a letter dated December 30, 2015, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation refused to provide legal assistance to Poland, and returned as "unenforceable" the motions of NPW filed with its Russian counterpart in accordance with the international treaty on legal assistance. More Here
Dr. Wacław Berczyński, Ph.D., to lead Polish Government’s Smolensk Crash Investigation
Dr. Waclaw Berczyński, Ph.D., Boeing’s retired Senior Principal Engineer [E6], to lead Polish Government’s Smolensk Crash Investigation. Dr. Waclaw Berczyński, a long-time expert of the Polish Parliamentary Committee tasked with the investigation of the Smolensk crash will head the Subcommittee of the Commission for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents (KBWLLP) tasked with re-examination of the tragic April 10, 2010 air crash that killed the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski and all 95 passengers onboard. More Here
Preparations for the 2010 visit of President Lech Kaczynski to Katyn under scrutiny of the Bureau of Government Protection (BOR)
The Government Protection Bureau (BOR) appointed a special review team to assess the process of preparations for the 2010 visit of the President of the Republic of Poland, Professor Lech Kaczynski, and other persons protected by BOR, to Katyn on April 10, 2010.
How the Miller’s Commission wrongly accused and denigrated the TU-154M Pilot-in-Command (PIC), Major Arkadiusz Protasiuk.
The Miller’s Commission alleged in its final report on the crash of the Tu 154M in Smolensk, that Major Arkadiusz Protasiuk, who served as pilot- in-command of the fatal flight PLF101 on April 10, 2010 to Smolensk, violated seven times the landing minima for the aircraft Tu-154M between 2008-2009.
Russia Stalls the Return of the Polish Air Force One Wreckage
During January 22, 2016 conference with Polish delegation in Moscow, the Russians stated that the return of the wreckage of Polish Tupolev that crashed on April 10, 2010 near Smolensk would be possible after the investigation is completed and - after mutual agreement regarding the cause of the crash is reached.
Poland's Chief Military Prosecution Office launches a separate inquiry against two officers suspected of neglect in the Smolensk crash case.
“The investigation of two officers from the 36th Special Aviation Regiment, who were suspected of neglecting their duties when organizing the Tu-154 flight to Smolensk, will be conducted separately from the ongoing Smolensk crash investigation,” informed the Chief Military Prosecution Office (NPW).
With respect to as many as 50 victims of the Smolensk Crash, the Polish prosecutors challenge the accuracy of the autopsy reports and medical records prepared by the Russian pathologists in Moscow. So far, the investigation was conducted in conjunction with 29 such cases.
Polish Prosecution still awaits Russian autopsy reports of 18 Smolensk Crash victims.
Polish prosecutors investigating the Smolensk catastrophe still await 18 out of 87 forensic - medical reports concerning the victims of this tragedy – reported the Office of Chief Military Prosecutor. Previously the Prosecutor’s Office announced that these reports were expected in Warsaw by the end of the year. More Here
Preliminary Summary of the Smolensk Conferences - Abstract.
The Smolensk Catastrophe took place in Smolensk (Russia) on April 10, 2010. It represents the greatest post-war Polish national tragedy, in which the President of the Polish Republic and 95 accompanying persons, the country's political elite, were killed in mysterious circumstances. To explain the course of the Catastrophe on the basis of scarce evidence, that was accessible for investigation, represented a scientific challenge. As all official scientific institutions have chosen to refrain from participation in such an analysis, this inquiry was carried out within the framework of what is known as academic investigation. More Here
Tough question to Bogdan Klich: Why did you protect communist secret military services' documents?
Bogdan Klich, as Minister of Defense in the Government of Donald Tusk, effectively blocked the transfer of historical military secret services' files from the communist times to the general collection of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). Dr. Janusz Kurtyka, then head of IPN, was determined to include these files in the general collection and make them available to the prosecutors and historians. More Here
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jeopardized Security of the Late President Lech Kaczyński.” Minister Macierewicz talks about Radek Sikorski Ministry’s intervention in BOR decisions.
"The MFA is not just an ordinary department, but a diplomacy center with a highly precise hierarchy. On top of this hierarchy stands the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He instructs, delegates, and expects his orders to be followed. Therefore, he is the one responsible for anything that occurs in his department. The Smolensk crash occurred years ago and the Minister of Foreign Affairs should have investigated his subordinates’ actions immediately after the tragedy. My understanding is that since no investigative procedures have been put in place and no individuals have been prosecuted for their shocking actions which put president’s life at risk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs accepts full responsibility and those actions were ordered and approved by him" - said Minister Antoni Macierewicz. More Here
… Content of the presented research proves unambiguously that the hypothesis about the Tu-154 crashing into the ground after losing a part of its wing as a result of hitting a birch tree on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk (which would be classified as Category A crash) is utterly false. There is indisputable evidence that the aircraft disintegrated in the air, and its separate parts landed on the ground (which would be classified as Category B crash). The course of the crash can be reconstructed based on terrestrial evidence. The appearance of wrecked parts, their terrestrial position and terrestrial obstacles have been captured in thousands independent photographs and on independent video footage. This immense evidence, when examined in whole and in detail, can lead to only one conclusion: that basic physics rules out the course of the crash as presented in MAK’s and Miller Commission’s reports. It is obvious that Tu-154 was blown-up and not crushed.
Airplane Black Boxes Can Reveal or Conceal a Crime by Eugene Poteat
Russia’s actions after the crash were odd -- more like those of a criminal sweeping a crime scene than a concerned nation seeking answers. As doubts grew and calls for an investigation were heard, Russians bulldozed the crash site, confiscated the airplane’s black box and wreckage, and refused to allow outsiders to examine them, though they did return one computerized device to the Poles. The control tower operator vanished, somehow beyond the reach of investigators. The recovered bodies were sealed in locked caskets, and, with pro-Russian officials firmly in place in Poland, not opened for autopsies or viewing by family members even after their return. To Russia, the case was closed.
Active Measures and the Smolensk Crash Investigation (IWP)
Russian spy in the 36th Special Aviation Regiment
The spy in question served as a pilot in the 36th Special Aviation Regiment of the Polish Air Force between 2001 and 2010 and worked for the Russian intelligence during the period of his service. It is hard not to connect this revelation with the Smolensk crash in which the best pilots of the 36th Special Aviation Regiment (among them Captain Arkadiusz Protasiuk pictured here), had died. Interestingly however, the ill-famed Gazeta Wyborcza denies any such connection.
Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote a letter to the Scientists participating in the IV Smolensk Crash Conference in Warsaw.
The President wrote: "The research and analyses you conducted enabled to formulate, or so it seems, the most important conclusion: the reports of MAK and Miller Commissions are simply hypotheses that fail in confrontation with scientific analysis of the available photographic and video evidence. Therefore, it must be accepted that endeavors to explain the circumstances and causes of the Smolensk crash have not been successful thus far. Therefore, the investigation is not complete. May I thank you today for this fundamental contribution."
Dr. Wieslaw Binienda, Ph.D. Presentation at Poznan Technical University, October 28, 2015
On October 28, 2015, Dr. Wieslaw K. Binienda, Chairman and Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Akron, Ohio, USA, and expert in the area of strength of materials and high energy impact, presented in Poznan his seminar prepared for the Polish scientific community at the IV Smolensk Conference in Warsaw.
Opinion on Annex 2.4, "MECHANICS OF DAMAGE OF TU-154M No 101 PLANE (serial number 90A 837)" by Dr. Andrzej Ziółkowski, Ph.D.
Annex 2.4 to Expert Committee Opinion with regard to case Po.Śl. 54/10 entitled “MECHANICS OF DAMAGE OF TU-154M PLANE no 101 (serial number 90A 837)”, composed of part I (275 pages) and part II (213 pages) contains a number of serious methodological errors. These errors concern such issues as: composition, size, scope of expertise and research base of the authoring team, applied methodology of analysis, scope and manner of use of evidence, carried out research, number, quality, type and scope of executed laboratory tests and structural examinations necessary to produce a methodologically correct technical report. These issues are discussed in greater detail in remarks below. More Here
Smolensk Crash Investigation Requires Correction.
The Dutch report regarding the crash of the MH17 airliner has gathered a huge publicity all over the world, also in Poland. “We now know that the Western methods of a crash investigation differ dramatically from those applied by the Russian Federation,” said attorney Piotr Pszczółkowski who represents a number of Smolensk victims’ families.
Smolensk crash investigation extended again for 6 months.
"The Smolensk crash investigation has been extended for another 6 months, until April 10, 2016,” announced the Office of Chief Military Prosecutor. The Prosecutors appealed to the ABW (Internal Security Agency) for a supplementary phonoscopic opinion of the ATC recordings. “Despite the proceedings carried out as part of the investigation and documented in more than 650 unclassified and more than 120 classified files, the investigation has not been completed within the expected deadline,” Major Marcin Maksjan, spokesman for the Chief Military Prosecution told PAP (the Polish Press Agency). More Here
Polish journalist Michal Rachon asks Vladimir Putin when he will release the TU-154M wreckage from his tender embraces:
Closing down Lasek's Propaganda Team before the upcoming elections facilitates concealment of its deceptive activities, says Polish Parlimentarian Antoni Macierewicz
It appears that the Prime Minister wants her administration to deal with this case. The team is accountable to the Prime Minister’s Office. In my opinion the motivation to close the team is that Ewa Kopacz wants her officers to destroy evidence. It is also a proof that she is aware of the propagandist and diversionary character of the team’s activity. More Here
Dr. Maciej Lasek Polish Government-Funded Propaganda Team on the Smolensk Plane Crash Closed.
As published on the RCL website, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz “issued an executive order, pursuant to which, the investigative team commissioned to explain to the public the information and content of materials regarding the causes and circumstances of the Smolensk crash on April 10, 2010, is hereby closed.” In this manner, after nearly 3 years of Maciej Lasek’s well paid “expert” activity, Kopacz has closed the propaganda organ without even making any public announcement of this decision. More Here
Human remains of 20 Smolensk victims identified over 5 years after the crash
After more than five years since the air disaster in Smolensk, Polish military prosecutors informed the families that they found further remains of the victims. The bone fragments belong to twenty people who died on 10 April 2010. Unofficially, we learned that among the remains were those that belong to the Government Protection Bureau officers. More Here
"Traces of TNT explosives on Tupolev’s wreckage” ruled credible by Polish court.
Cezary Gmyz won his case against daily Rzeczpospolita after the newspaper’s owner, Grzegorz Hajdarowicz, and its Supervisory Board questioned the credibility of Gmyz’s article “TNT traces on Tupolev’s Wreckage.” The Court of Appeals in Warsaw ordered Rzeczpospoolita to publish a correction in this matter.
Summary of Dr. Chris Cieszewski, Ph.D., findings concerning the Birch Tree, alleged to have caused the crash of the Polish government Tupolev Tu-154M, on April 10, 2010, in Smolensk Russia.
Using state of the art technology of SilviScan and NIR Spectroscopy and mathematical modeling scientists determined the wood properties' parameters for the Bodin's birch tree as equivalent, in the live birch, to the analogous parameters of the US southern pine polls, which were tested in the past with the DC-9 airplane crash experiment (in these tests polls were determined to be weaker than the wings).
Dr. Maciej Lasek challenged by Danish Scientist, Glenn Jorgensen, to publicly respond to 6 questions concerning the official Polish government Smolensk Crash investigation.
Officially the plane hit the muddy ground at a shallow angle with low vertical speed. How do you explain that in such conditions the plane broke up into 60.000 pieces, the people on board were exposed to 100G to 350G, there was no crater and no marks in the ground?
How do you explain that a human hand was found deep into the ground before the main crash site? This implies that some force had to cut the hand, penetrate this through the fuselage wall with enough force to end 1m into the ground More Here
Glenn Arthur Jørgensen Press Release - ISASI 2015 Conference in Augsburg.
Glenn Arthur Jørgensen, Danish Member of the Polish Independent Investigation Team, released a Press Release concerning politically-motivated presentations by Polish government officials, Maciej Lasek and Piotr Lipiec, at the 2015 ISASI conference in Augsburg More Here
Moscow denies the use of firearms on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk.
Several shots can be heard on the well-known recording from moments after the Smolensk crash. Back in 2011, the police lab confirmed that noises reminiscent of gunshots or explosives can be heard on the recording from April 10, 2010. This information was also confirmed by Colonel Rzepa, who was the spokesman for the Chief Military Prosecution at that time. More Here
Open Letter to Frank Del Gandio President International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
Dear President Del Gandio, we urge that you assure an open evaluation of the Smolensk case. Many accomplished investigators disagree with the Russian version of event that was repeated without appropriate critical analysis by the Polish government. Please note that on August 21, 2015, the main legal expert of SCAAI, Professor Marek Zylicz, publicly appealed for reopening of the investigation into the Smolensk crash, taking into account the new evidence unearthed by the Parliamentary Committee that has investigated independently the Smolensk crash and considered opinions and analysis of a variety of preeminent international experts. More Here
Miller Commission’s legal expert calls for reopening of the Smolensk crash investigation!
As the political climate in Poland changes and the governing coalition loses popular support, members of the Miller Commission look for various exit strategies from their untenable position that rubber stamped the Russian conclusions on the causes of the Smolensk crash. More Here
Verification of Official AWb Reports
Carboxyhemoglobin in the bodies of victims of the Tu-154M crash – preliminary analysis of results using the spectrophotometric method of Fretwurst-Meinecke
Up to the time of examination and presentation of results in the Russian forensic medical reports on the 22nd of October 2014, made available by the families of four victims, full documentation describing examinations for the presence of COHb was found. Among those, the report on body No. 19 from sector 5 presents the only disclosed case in which Russian experts described in their concluding remarks, a positive result from the analysis of blood for the presence of COHb. Due to the amount of blood analyzed and the finding of 11% of COHb, as reported in the conclusion, this case became the reference for comparison of toxicological examinations on other Smolensk Victims. More Here
“April 10, 2010 crash was a pre-planned incident.” Shocking revelation by Polish Intelligence Agent
“Scelus in fecit cui prodest,” which in Latin means “one who benefits from the crime has done it.” Who benefited? Russia and the governing coalition in Poland,” said Wroński, who still resents Donald Tusk for his friendly hug with Russia’s prime minister on the day of the Smolensk crash. “Putin took over the initiative, there was coldness in his face; he knew what he was doing. Judging by the absence of intelligence forces and the immediate dismissal of an assassination theory, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Polish government had a keen interest in getting rid of some political figures,” commented Wroński. More Here
Who are the members of the Miller Commission?
Revealing their professional backgrounds, Gazeta Polska emphasized that none of the Miller Commission’s members specialize in a tupolev aircraft construction, military air traffic controllers or explosives. None of them had any experience in investigating large scale air crashes. More Here
Smolensk Crash Medical Analysis: "Conclusions Based on Medical Information from Russian Sources"
Dr. François Dubé a retired pathologist, pilot and investigator of many air accidents in Canada and several other countries, and Dr. Andreas Wielgosz examined the English translation of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee final report on the Tupolev TU-154M crash of April 10, 2010 in Smolensk in order to review medical aspects contained in the report and thereby try to gain insights to the cause(s) of the crash. It should be remembered that the opinion around the world about this accident and in particular about its cause was formulated by the Russian report. More Here
"Accident of Tu154 on 10 April 2010: Preliminary Review of the Reports, their Omissions & Deficiencies" by Frank Taylor, BSc, CEng, FRAeS, FEI, FISASI
“From an as yet incomplete study of the Russian and Polish accident reports (in the translations available on the Aviation Safety Network website) and of various articles, diagrams and photographs I would suggest that although the reports appear to offer a plausible explanation for the crash there were serious deficiencies in the way the investigation was handled, including omissions and failures to explain a variety of factors that might well affect the final conclusions.” More Here
British expert calls for further investigation of Smolensk aircraft crash - Reports the Brussels Times
“I would suggest that although the reports appear to offer a plausible explanation for the crash there were serious deficiencies in the way the investigation was handled, including omissions and failures to explain a variety of factors that might well affect the final conclusions.” The author continues, “The reporting and probably the investigation of the crashworthiness and survival aspects of the accident were superficial and well short of international standards.” More Here
Rewards for a sham investigation?
The outgoing president will nominate the “Smolensk crash investigators,” Colonels Jerzy Artymiak and Ireneusz Szeląg, to the rank of General. Komorowski is making every effort to push the nominations through before his presidency ends.
Gazeta Polska newspaper punished for commemorating the Smolensk Crash
This is probably the most bizarre court rulling in the history of Free Word. Magdalena Kubczak, a judge at the District Court in Warsaw, sentenced the editor of Gazeta Polska (Polish Newspaper) for including the names of the Polish Film Chronicle authors, Jan Strękowski and Paweł Banasiak, on the cover of a film “Córka” (The Daughter).
The Russians left a cigarette butt in the body of President Kaczorowski, says ABC weekly
The ABC weekly disclosed horrific information regarding the autopsy of Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of Poland in Exile. The Russians sewed a cigarette inside his body! “It appears they did it on purpose to desecrate the body of the great Polish President, who died in the Smolensk crash. What really happened in the Russian Center of Forensic Medical Expertise?” asks Marek Pyza in ABC weekly.
Vladimir Putin's Russian Government Inquiry into the Crash of The Polish Air Force One in Smolensk, Russia, April 10, 2010
The present report was developed and is based on study results prepared by experts, academics, scientists and researchers from the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia, who have collaborated together for the past three years with the Parliamentary Committee for investigation of the Polish Air Force One crash in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010.
The report focuses on the official Russian report of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (Miezgosudarstwiennyj Aviacyonnyj Komitet - IAC) (‘Final Russian report’) which assumed responsibility for the investigation of this crash upon an executive order by the National Investigation Committee headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Putin directly oversaw the initial investigation during its first 72 hours and maintained control of the investigative process until January 2011, nine months after the crash. On April 13, 2010, the Russian National Investigation Committee rejected an assistance offer from the European Union experts.
Vladimir Putin has failed to sign the IAC report to this day.
General Majewski and the destruction of Polish aviation. The shocking account of Lieutenant Wosztyl
The military should be impenetrable. Its leadership should consist of people with the appropriate experience, training, education, and character. However Majewski is someone who was educated in the communist times in Poland’s eastern neighbor.
How could a person like that occupy the most important positions in the Polish military? More Here
The truth behind the Smoleńsk catastrophe is far too unnerving for the West according to German investigative journalist, Jurgen Roth.
ürgen Roth, a German investigative journalist and the author of Verschussakte S. (Secret File “S”: Smoleńsk) sat with Olga Dolesniak-Harczuk to discuss his newly published book and his thoughts on the Smoleńsk plane catastrophe. “Smoleńsk was an indirect message from Russia proving that if necessary, they have the capability of getting rid of whoever they want and whenever they see fit. Of course, I still believe that we may never really uncover the full truth, however what’s done is done and the message is clear: for Russia, nothing is impossible.” More Here
Russians Falsified Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash Site Satellite Photos
“The Belligncat’s investigative team carried out a scientific examination of satellite images from the Malaysian airliner crash, released by Russia shortly after the catastrophe. The analysis shows unambiguously and undisputedly that the images used were in fact taken a month earlier and digitally manipulated using the Adobe Photoshop CS5 programme,” reports the German weekly Der Spiegel in its article entitled “The Crash Images Analysis. How Russia Manipulated Evidence in the Case of MH-17 Airliner.” More Here
German Prosecution began preliminary investigation into the Smolensk Crash.
WPolityce.pl portal reports that German Federal Prosecutor Office has initiated a preliminary investigation into the Smolensk Crash on April 10, 2010, in order to establish whether the crash was an assassination. The grounds for the investigation are the BDN (the German Federal Intelligence Service) files; in particular a report confirming that the cause of the crash was an explosion on board. The German prosecution has issued a formal notification of its action to the attorney Stefan Hambura, who represents several families of the Smolensk crash victims.
The investigation was initiated as a monitoring process (in German: Beobachtungsvorgang), a procedure that also exists in the Polish law. The last time the German authorities initiated this legal process, was in the case of the fugitive Edward Snowden, who claimed that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was tapped. More Here
The documentary “The President” takes one on a personal journey giving an insider view of 20th and current 21st century hopes, betrayals, traumas, and shattered dreams of a country called Poland, in the heart of Europe. The story, as told through the words of those who witnessed his life firsthand, follows the life of Lech Kaczynski on his journey as a young, Solidarity leader, through his rise to the Presidency, then to his tragic death in Smolensk, Russia. This is an almost unbelievable real-life story of, intrigue, backroom dealings, political chess-games, betrayal, and a mysterious, implausible death onboard a Presidential plane, flying to Smolensk to commemorate a genocide of 70 years earlier. More here
The Pyramid, WSI, and Mr. President
Poles know precious little about their President. It’s high time to fill in the blanks in his biography.
Bronisław Komorowski likes to say that having been active in Polish politics for the last several decades; he is a well-known and well-tested commodity. Citing these reasons, he claims that unlike his opponents, he poses no risk to the existing status quo. But, nothing could be more misleading then this.
Bronisław Komorowski’s biography is full of bewildering holes, unknowns, and conundrums, all of which begs the question: Who really is this man, and where did he come from? What we know for sure is that he is now vying for a second term as the President of Poland. As I will explain later, Komorowski’s political career gained momentum after a series of incidents, which should have by all estimates, ended his career in scandal.
Jurgen Roth's Verschlussakte-S (Secret File S - Smolensk, MH17, and Putin's War in Ukraine) - Excerpts
“The placement of explosives on board the Presidential TU-154M would have been impossible without the involvement of the Polish services” - Excerpts from the Jurgen Roth’s “Verschlussakte S”
There is no doubt that the conduct of the official Polish and Russian government institutions in the aftermath of the Smolensk Crash, left a wide field for speculation on the causes of the April 10, 2010 tragedy.
Not surprisingly, the conspiracy theories that began to emerge immediately after the crash, found a fertile ground - writes the German investigative journalist Jürgen Roth in the introduction to his book about the Smolensk crash, entitled "Verschluss Akte S" (Eng. “Secret File ‘S’”), that made its debut in Germany several days ago. More Here
Pilot-in-Command at the time of the “Georgian Incident” Defends General Błasik and Captain Protasiuk
Pilot Major Grzegorz Pietruczuk, who refused to land in Tbilisi [Georgia] in August 2008, has spoken up regarding the latest developments in the Smolensk Crash investigation. In the Polish weekly “Do Rzeczy,” Pietruczuk defends General Andrzej Błasik and Captain Arkadiusz Protasiuk.
The patience of Smolensk victims’ families runs out.
A complaint against the Military Prosecutors filed with the Supreme Court.
Eight families of the Smolensk crash victims have had enough of the violation of their rights and the way the Smolensk crash investigation is conducted by the military prosecutors. The families want the highest judicial authority in Poland to review the Polish government investigation.
A complaint has been filed with the Polish Supreme Court regarding “A violation of the right to have the case examined without undue delay in preliminary proceedings.” More Here
What the Jerzy Miller’s Smolensk Crash Commission forgot about ...
By Marek Dabrowski: Some portions of the Miller’s Report - the ones that “were to hurt the most” - were the arrangements in relation to the authorizations and admittances to flight of Tupolev crew. In the text below, the authors analyze a small extract of very broad spectrum of problems discussed by KBWLLP and their attempt to verify some specific arguments the Commission raised in the report and its Annexes.
“The time has come to say 'Stop' and start again with the help of international experts,” says Attorney Małgorzata Wasserman"
WPolityce.pl: The excerpt of the transcript recently published by RMF FM has attracted a lot of media attention. It confirmed the theories repeated over the years, about the pressure put on pilots and their responsibility for the crash. The government commission insists that the published materials are in agreement with the outcomes of its investigation. We still have no confirmation if explosives were used to cause the crash and we still don’t know if the victims’ bodies bear any traces of explosion. There are no other key materials or information. Therefore, what should be our stand on the newly published excerpt? More Here
Fifth Anniversary of the Smolensk Crash - A Letter from the Polish American Congress, PAC, to Polish Americans
Five years have passed since the national tragedy over Smolensk, the tragedy which has become a turning point in the recent history of Poland, as well as the whole Europe. The elite of our nation have perished while on duty in service for Poland.
They were on their way to Katyn to pay tribute, on behalf of each of us, to the thousands of Polish people murdered on Stalin’s order, to the victims of the genocide perpetrated on the Polish nation. To this day, we do not know for what reason they were not to bow before the graves of our fathers in the Katyn forest. More Here
Conspiracy of Silence: Katyn 1940 - Smolensk 2010.
The international response once surrounding the Katyn Murders, is analogous to today’s situation with Smolensk Crash - some parallels undoubtedly exist.
There are also significant differences. The Polish Government in Exile at that time, sought tirelessly to investigate the Katyń case, but found refusals at every turn. In April 2010, we experienced a different situation, whereby the Polish government itself refused to investigate the Smolensk case, - says historian and political scientist Professor Wojciech Roszkowski, in an interview with wPolitice.pl More Here
The new Smolensk crash cockpit voice recording transcript is a provocation, says Dr. Gruszczyńska-Ziółkowska, Ph.D.
“Prof. Anna Gruszczyńska-Ziółkowska: When I read or hear media reporting on the alleged new transcript, I get the impression that those reports have little to do with the actual tragedy in Smolensk. They are more of a political provocation. I expect the prosecution to verify if the published materials are indeed excerpts of the new transcript and if yes, to explain whose decision it was to make such evidence public. Also, if an excerpt has been made available, we might as well have the full transcript published and the information about the team of experts who worked on it. I have hopes that other experts, e.g. who attended the Smolensk Conference or who are part of the Parliamentary Committee will be given access to the new audio recording to verify the new transcript. As it stands, no access has been granted, not even to the excerpts of the new material. More Here
“Smolensk crash was no accident – it was a deliberate explosion,” says Jürgen Roth
“The Russian version of events is full of mistakes, manipulation and disinformation to the point where it is hard to single out facts,” Jürgen Roth, a German journalist and author of a book about the Smolensk crash, tells TV Republika. He also informs that he is in possession of German intelligence reports, which indicate that German authorities have no doubt as to what caused the crash in Smolensk. “If a military plane with NATO leader and other officials was shot down now, we would have war, and not just the cold war we are experiencing at present, but a real, “hot” one. Willingness to avoid it may be the reason no one wants to explore the Smolensk crash and establish the truth,” said Mr. Roth. More Here
Elsemiek was my whole world
Hans de Borst met us in his home in Monster near the Hague. He lives alone in a small house. You can see many photographs of his daughter on the walls, and many of her drawings – even those from her early childhood. The 17-year-old teenager was flying to Malaysia with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother. "Every day I have to wake up and live in loneliness. I suppose, I didn't go mad, but sometimes I feel as if someone had amputated my arm, or some other important part of my body. Elsemiek was everything to me. She was my world. She was 17 and her head was full of ideas. And then she was blown out of the sky for no reason. At times I wonder if I too, should have been on this plane. Look, there's another Spring around the corner, and the sun is shining. But, there will not be any more shiny days for me ..." More Here
The Dutch Lesson - A tale of two crashes and two investigations
Poland and the Netherlands: two countries, two investigations, two worlds; almost two civilizations. The way in which MH17 crash is investigated is almost a ready to use indictment against the Polish authorities and persecutors. Our 'elites' cannot hide behind helplessness. This is not about the possibilities but about the standards and willingness to obey them. The Netherlands is not a super power. It just uses the existing international law regulations; the ones that Polish government was unable to use when investigating Smolensk crash. It uses their internal regulations, as opposed to our persecutor's office, which despite having such possibility (and obligation!) to do postmortem examinations, decided against such opportunity. The Netherlands knows what the allies and international organizations are for. Polish authorities in Warsaw shied away from them. But above all, the Dutch treated their dead citizens with proper respect. And it wasn't about dead president, ministries, army generals, chiefs of institutions or other national VIPs. The Dutch trust their government and appreciate the way it approached this national tragedy. And it's beyond them that in Poland the opposite is true. More Here
What Do We Know 5 Years Later?
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Aviation accident expert questions discrepancies in the official Smolensk crash investigation
Bogdan Gajewski, one of experts of the Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of the Smolensk crash delivered a presentation at the European Conservatives and Reformists meeting.
“In recent years there have been an increasing number of tragic accidents within civil aviation and military, e.g. Airbus, the European Air Transport aircraft shot down on 22 November 2003 by a missile produced in Russia, which fortunately managed a safe landing owing to well experienced staff... More Here
European Parliament to debate over Smolensk crash
The Smolensk crash is to be the subject of yet another debate in Brussels. Evidence confirming that the Polish aircraft was destroyed by an explosion is to be presented during the debate. “A European Conservatives and Reformist meeting regarding the Smolensk crash has been arranged by the Polish Law and Justice Party,” informed Antoni Macierewicz, the leader of Polish Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of the Smolensk crash. Mr. Macierewicz explained that the meeting will be attended by the committee experts, as well as some family members of the victims. More Here
The slandered Polish pilots cleared of all charges
Lieutenants Artur Wosztyl and Rafał Kowaleczko, the pilots of Yak-40, who landed at Smolensk Airport on April 10, 2010 with journalist on board (before Polish Air Force One) , have every reason to be satisfied. The military prosecution decided that the pilots did not put Yak’s passengers’ safety at risk.
The European Parliament urges Russia to immediately return the Tupolev wreckage to Poland
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution urging Russia to return the wreckage of the Tu-154M, which crashed on April 10, 2010 at Smolensk Airport, killing the Polish president. The provision was made at the request of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party members.
- having regard to its previous reports and resolutions on Russia, in particular its resolutions of 23 October 2012 on establishing common visa restrictions for Russian officials involved in the Sergei Magnitsky case1, of 13 June 2013 on the rule of law in Russia2, of 13 March 2014 on Russia: sentencing of demonstrators involved in the Bolotnaya Square events3, of 23 October 2014 on the closing-down of the NGO ‘Memorial’ (winner of the 2009 Sakharov Prize) in Russia4, and of 15 January 2015 on Russia, in particular the case of Alexei Navalny5 ... More Here
"HOW THE PRESIDENT DIED" CRASH RECONSTRUCTION
Smolensk Families Sue Polish Government Officials
Through the process, which begins with the filing of indictment by the Smolensk family, there is another chance to raise important questions about Smolensk and seek new answers. There is one condition however. Arabski and four other officials must feel that their security and freedom are really at risk. Only then they can begin to say what they really know, or give leads into new threads of the case. If Arabski and the other defendants feel pressured, then they may begin to talk more than the rulers of Poland and the prosecutors, who investigate the 10/04 case making sure that nothing is found, would like. here
What happened to the missing air traffic control (ATC) recordings of more than 5 minutes?
”How has the prosecution lost more than 5 minutes of the Smolensk ATC recordings?” is one of the main questions posed in the analysis by the Independent Parliamentary Committee led by MP Antoni Macierewicz.
On the website, the Parliamentary Committee claims that the transcripts and documents published by the Chief Military Prosecution Office are lacking several minutes, which could be crucial and could provide critical information for the outcome of the Smolensk crash investigation.
"Tu-154M cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript was manipulated" - said Prof. Anna Gruszczyńska-Ziółkowska, Ph.D.
”I have doubts regarding the authenticity of the Tu-154M cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript from April 10, 2010, as published by MAK (the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee) and repeated by the (Polish) Miller Commission. There is a strong indication that manipulation and tampering with the recording occurred,” the Warsaw University Professor who took part in the III Smolensk Conference, told Telewizja Republika (Republic TV). More here
Newly released 2015 "Evidence of Explosions" Report offers new clues about the crash of the Polish presidential jet in Russia in 2010.
New evidence confirms that the presidential aircraft was destroyed by a series of explosions during go-around maneuverer at the altitude of 100-200 feet (30 to 60 meters) above the ground. According to the official reports, the pilots approached Smolensk North Airport, a former military airbase, in thick fog at reduced visibility, causing the crash. A newly released report entitled "The Smolensk Crash: Evidence of Explosions" contradicts the official Polish and Russian Government findings by providing comprehensive evidence of a sudden loss of electrical power and severe fragmentation of the aircraft's body into some 60,00 pieces. The report also cites the detection of explosive substances by the means of asymmetric ion mobility (FAIMS) spectrometers and ion mobility spectrometers (IMS), resulting in about 700 positive readings of explosives during screening tests taken some 2.5 years after the crash. More here
"Russians cannot be trusted" Says former high-ranking CIA executive.
Both Soviet and Western propaganda was very successful during the Cold War, but only the Russians continue at it, with little Western effort to counter it. It seems Russia has a psychological problem, even a paranoia, which prevents them from dropping their war mindset that sees only enemies around them. Certainly they had reasons based on WW-II, but that’s long over, and the Russian people, with all their talent, have never had a government to permit them opportunity to enjoy, understand and interact with those in the West. As long as Putin continues to rule Russia as a dictator, I see no possibility for Russians to achieve the freedoms enjoyed in the West. More here
Andrey Illarionov, Putin's Former Advisor: "IV World War" and Smolensk Crash.
On December 1, 2014, Andrey Illarionov, former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and one of the foremost experts on contemporary Russian politics, gave an interview to the Polish TV Republika network. In his interview with TVR's Michal Rachon, Illarionov notes that the current political situation should not be viewed as a "[new] Cold War that we had sometime ago", nor "Cold War II", but rather, it is an extension of Russia's new Imperial Policy, described by the Kremlin's insiders as "World War IV".
Why were Russian “Black Ops” Spetsnaz, Special-Forces units, at the crash site of the Polish President’s plane, on April 10, 2010, in Smolensk, Russia?
The first reports about the presence of the Spetsnaz operatives at the crash site of the Polish government plane Tu-154M, appeared already at 10:23 a.m., on April 10, 2010.
TVP INFO journalist Peter Kraśko reported live: "Crowds of firemen, police, [Special-Forces] Spetsnaz troops are walking by us." The aircraft, a Russian-built Tupolev TU-154M crashed at 8:41 a.m.
The "Krapoviy Beret" (Maroon Beret) name is synonymous with being part of an elite group of Russian "Black-Ops" commandos. Achieving this status is rare and signifies a privilege of belonging to the "best of the best". The mere presence of these “Black Ops” Special-Forces units at the site of the plane crash, just after it was announced, is at best peculiar. More here.
2014 III Smolensk Crash Conference Expert Analysis
Two prominent Canadian scientists, Dr. Andreas Wielgosz, MD, Ph.D., and Dr. Bogdan Gajewski, Ph.D., examine the official Polish and Russian government reports on the April 10, 2010 crash of the Polish Air Force One, Tupolev TU-154M, in Smolensk, Russia.
Dr. Wielgosz, Ph.D., (photo left) a professor at the prestigious University of Ottawa, where he is a cardiologist, and who also is a consultant to the Transport Canada on issues of Civil Aviation Medicine, analyses shocking inconsistencies and omissions found in the official Russian MAK report.
Having over 40 years experience in aviation, and over 25-years experience with Canada's National Aircraft Certification, Safety and Security Directorate, Civil Aviation, and as a member of the ISASI, Dr. Gajewski (right) focuses on an in-depth technical analysis of the crash, pointing out a multitude of omissions, obfuscations, and misrepresentations disqualifying the credibility of the official Polish and Russian governments' crash reports.
See: Dr. Wielgosz's presentation here Dr. Gajewski's presenation here.
In Memoriam - Brig. General Walter Jajko, USAF Ret.
Longtime IWP Professor Brigadier General Walter Jajko USAF, Ret., a statesman, strategist, and scholar of unwavering principle and indomitable character, died this weekend after a long illness. Born the first son of a Polish immigrant family, General Jajko served his country in a distinguished 29-year career in the United States Air Force, as well as for over two decades as a civilian official at the highest levels of government. At The Institute of World Politics, he taught a course entitled "Military Strategy: An Overview of the Theorists of Warfare," which serves as a critical component of the school's programs in national security affairs. A dedicated and conscientious teacher, even in the middle of his illness, he hoped to return to his classroom at IWP. In the last day of his life, his thoughts were with his students and ensuring that their class would continue without interruption.* More about Gen. Jako here
Did Putin Blow up the Whole Polish Government in 2010?
Four years ago [on April 10, 2010], Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash near the Katyn Forest in Russia where he was flying to honor the 22,000 Polish officers, lawyers, priests and professors slaughtered there by the Soviets 70 years before.
Ninety-five other military, political and public figures including his wife died on that plane. One of the more heartbreaking details to emerge was that First Lady Maria Kaczynska’s body could be identified only by her nail polish and the inscription inside her wedding ring.
Who is Magda Fitas, a woman next to Donald Tusk from the famous April 10, 2010 photo of Donald Tusk with Vladimir Putin at the Smolensk crash site that appeared on the cover of "W Sieci" magazine shortly thereafter?
She is a translator and interpreter of English and Russian languages, who once worked for Leszek Miller.
Later she interpreted for Lech Kaczynski during his meeting with George Bush, and later for Donald Tusk in his meeting with Vladimir Putin over the smoldering wreckage of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk.
Meteoric Rise of Donald Tusk: Agent “Oscar” and Hiccups from the GDR.
The year is 1986. The first in a series of many “spontaneous” meetings between the USSR and the German Democratic Republic intelligence officers, are being held in Dresden, East Germany.
After several months of these “informal” meetings, an unremarkable - in both height and rank - KGB officer, speaking excellent German, albeit with a bit of a funny accent, becomes their host. No one there had paid much attention to a man named Vladimir Putin.
The meetings are followed by a "spontaneous" assault on the headquarters of the infamous GDR political police - the STASI - by the citizens of Berlin. Read more here
Munich 1938 - Smolensk 2010
On the 70-thieth anniversary of the outbreak of WWII Polish President Lech Kaczynski stated:
“Munich represents a pact, which requires reflection… Between honor and dishonor politicians chose dishonor but even this choice did not prevent a war. Not always, as in the case of Munich, the results are so immediate and tragic. But with time, tragic results came always.”
Soon after this speech, in April 2010, President Kaczynski, the entire Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, and representatives of the patriotic elide of the Polish society evaporated in the tragic crash of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk, Russia. The world community chose not to reflect upon this unprecedented event. Read more here
Witness in the Smolensk Crash Investigation Found Dead.
Was the “Suicide” of a top-ranking officer of the Bureau of Government Security related to the recently reopened investigation of the preparations, for the Presidential visit in Katyn, on April 10, 2010?
Marek K., known as “Koper” (eng. “Dill”), a high-ranking officer in the Polish Bureau of Government Security (Biuro Ochorony Rzadu "BOR") was found dead on August 12, 2014, reports Niezalezna.pl.
Marek K. played an important role in preparing the April 10, 2010 flight to Smolensk, Russia, that killed Polish President, the First Lady, and 94 others onboard. The deceased man also participated in preparing a visit of the Primie Minister, Donald Tusk, to Katyn for a joint Polish-Russian commemoration with Vladimir Putin, for the 70th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre, only three days earlier, on April 7, 2010. Read more here
"ANATOMY OF A FALL" by Anita Gargas
The movie that exposes dirty politics of the Smolensk crash investigation...
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“Anatomy of a Fall” is a ground breaking documentary about the investigation into the crash of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk by one of the best Polish investigative reporters, Anita Gargas. The documentary examines first two years of the Smolensk crash investigation from the perspective of various interested parties, including families of the victims, independent scientists, journalists, and Polish government officials.More about "Anatomy of a Fall"
Retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Scientific Intelligence officer Eugene Poteat, goes on the record:
"The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident."
Did Polish Military Prosecutors' Office lie to the international media during its press conference in Warsaw on October 30, 2012? Was the international public opinion purposefully misled by the Polish military prosecutors? On October 30, 2012, during the international press conference in Warsaw concerning the discovery of the TNT on the wreckage of the Polish president's plane, Mr. Szelag said the following: "'It is not true that investigators found traces of TNT or nitro-glycerine,' said Colonel Ireneusz Szelag from the military prosecutors' office." (Source: Reuters - "Poland denies explosives found on wreck of crashed jet") Read more here
Dr. Michael Baden Speaks Out
World-renowned forensic pathologist goes on the record: "I have been doing autopsies for 50 years, and I've investigated more than fifteen, twenty airplane crashes […] I've never heard of a body coming back to a country and the family being unable to open up a casket. I've never heard of the family not being able to get an autopsy… Read more here
"Gaping Holes In Russian Report"
The answers Russia presented to the world in its official 2011 crash report are wholly unsatisfactory. Indeed, the Moscow-controlled crash investigation seems to have been designed to suppress or tamper with evidence to exonerate Russia of all responsibility for an accident -- or guilt for a crime.
In 1952, Congress investigated the Katyn Forest Massacre and proved Soviet guilt; in 2010 and 2011, there were calls in Congress for an independent investigation into the Smolensk crash. Such an investigation is urgently required in 2012, and not only to solve the mystery of a vexing crash. We must find out whether the West has once again been party to another Big Lie out of Moscow.
Timeline of events leading to the death of President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, and Polish government delegation near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
April 9, 2009 - Polish MON [Pol. abbr. Ministry of National Defense - Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej] signs a contract concerning the repairs and renovation of two Polish Tu-154 planes. A consortium of MAW Telecom and Polit Elktronik firms wins the tender worth more than 69 million zloty. The second one of these companies isn't even registered with the CSR, and thus, should have been automatically disqualified from bidding. Furthermore, Polit Elekronik represents the interests of Russian arms manufacturers and has close relationship with Russian intelligence services.
For reasons that are impossible to explain, the offers made by other bidders are rejected; among those, are Metalexport-S, and the government-owned Bumar enterprise.
As reported by the Air Agency "Altair", the MON chose a contractor without any analysis of other bid proposals. The owner of the [Aviakor, (Rus. Авиако́р)] Samara repair plant chosen by the consortium is Oleg Deripaska [Rus. Оле́г Влади́мирович Дерипа́ска], who was investigated by the Western prosecutors on suspicion of money laundering and contacts with the "Russian Mafia" and who had his visa to the US revoked from 2006-2009. The Tupolev's engines, on the other hand, are overhauled in the factories managed by Sergey Chemezov [Sergey Viktorovich Chemezov, Rus. Серге́й Ви́кторович Чемезов], a former KGB agent, who form 1983 to 1988 worked undercover in Drezden. He lives next door to the president of Russia - Vladimir Putin. None of the Polish special services representatives were present during the critical engines' overhaul.
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