The Russians accuse the Polish side of not conducting airport inspections before the April 10, 2010, whereas the Russian Federation refused the Polish side access to the airport for inspection purposes. As a result of the Russian refusal, there were no Polish inspections held at the Smolensk 'Severny' airport before April 10, 2010.
The Russian side accuses the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Force of being present in the cockpit at the time of the crash and having alcohol in his blood. The comments about the alcohol in the blood of the top general of the Republic of Poland that are not supported by adequate evidence (see: Footnote 6) are of disparaging character, especially when disclosed by the IAC for the first time as the key evidence of the Polish guilt at the press conference announcing the results of the IAC investigation.
R. R. Yesayan as a member of the technical team for the investigation of the Smolensk Crash stated publically that the Tu-154M airplane was equipped for idiots. 70
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.
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