Smoleńsk crash – memorial delay

A memorial to the victims of the air crash which killed Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and 94 others, will still not be in place at the site of the tragedy when the third anniversary arrives.

The presidential plane came down in bad weather while trying to land at Smoleńsk in April 2010. But Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski has today confirmed that there will be no chance to erect a memorial before the Russian winter takes hold – so the site will remain unmarked in April next year. Mr Zdrojewski said his ministry had not been able to access the site.

Mr Zdrojewski said the Russian prosecutor’s office, which had delayed transfer of the plane wreckage and black box recorder to Poland, had cuased the delay in access to the site for construction of the memorial. His words will add fuel to the diplomatic frost that settled in last week when Poland demanded an investigation into the source of photographs of the Smoleńsk crash site – taken immediately after the plane came down and showing the bodies of the president and others – which surfaced on the internet. The pictures first appeared on the Livejournal blog of ‘gorojanin iz b’.

Opposition politicians from Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS – Law and Justice) seized on the news as an opportunity to criticise the ruling Platforma Obywatelska (PO – Civic Platform). Adam Hofman, PiS spokesman, said: “It is not enough that the government is not able to explain the causes of the crash near Smoleńsk, [but] they are still not able to commemorate the victims.”

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