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Katyn remembered...also by Putin!

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  1. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    Russian, Polish leaders mourn Stalin-era massacre - Yahoo! News

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is hosting his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk in Katyn, the site of Stalin-era massacres of Polish troops during World War II.

    Putin's attendance at the Russian memorial ceremony for 22,000 Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's secret police in 1940 is an unprecedented gesture of good will and reconciliation. It also appears to be part of a broader Kremlin charm offensive toward Eastern Europe.

    Putin is the first Russian leader to commemorate the Katyn massacres alongside Polish leaders, though Russia has not recognized the massacres as a war crime and Soviet archives on the matter remain sealed.
     
  2. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    A good point for Mr Putin, better late than never. :poppy:
     
  3. C.Evans

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    Well said. Im surprised that Vlad is doing this but suspect its only for PR purposes.
     
  4. Mehar

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    In this day and age, what isn't? But at least it gives the families some consolidation and the politicians less fuel for their personal fires.
     
  5. LRusso216

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    I am also glad that he has taken this step. There is no such thing as "too late".
    You are probably correct Carl, but whatever the motivation, I think this is a good thing. At least it brings this horrific act out into the open for his country to see and deal with.
     
  6. kerrd5

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    "A historic meeting scheduled for Wednesday between top leaders of Russia and Poland is expected to provide new details about Russia's mass execution of 22,000 Polish officers in the Katyn forest in 1940 and may open the way toward improved relations between the two countries.

    "The mass slaying of the Polish prisoners of war by the Soviet secret police is one of the darker and less known chapters of World War II, said Kyle Parker, a Russian expert and policy adviser to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an independent U.S. agency that helps formulate American policy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    "Vladimir Putin and Donald Tusk -- the Russian and Polish prime ministers -- will meet at the execution site in Smolensk, Russia, to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre, which Russia blamed on Germany until 1990."

    washingtonpost.com

    Dave
     
  7. C.Evans

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    All too true my friend-and especially here in the USA as well.

    Cheers Lou, and im glad to also see that they are finally accepting at least partial responsibility for what they did. Vlad is a tough one to judge sometimes.
     
  8. PizzaDevil

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    Soviet era is gone, just release the archives!
     
  9. Kai-Petri

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    10 April 2010

    Poland was confronting the worst political disaster in its postwar history after President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and dozens of top officials were killed when their plane crashed in thick fog on Saturday in western Russia.

    At least 96 people died, including eight crew members, when the president's Tupolev plane clipped a copse of trees on its approach to Smolensk airport. It then broke up. There were no survivors. Russian TV showed pictures of the upended wing and smouldering fuselage. Small fires burned in woods shrouded in fog.

    The crash wiped out almost half of Poland's leadership. Those killed included Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, the army chief of staff, the head of the national bank, Poland's deputy foreign minister, 12 members of parliament, and at least two presidential aides, the Polish foreign ministry said. Rescuers found several unidentified bodies and the plane's black box.

    Although there was no suspicion of foul play, the extraordinary timing and location of the disaster, together with Kaczynski's known antipathy towards the Kremlin, are likely to fuel conspiracy theories on both sides. Newspapers bearing headlines such as "Katyn – a double tragedy" lay next to portraits of some of the crash victims.

    Poland in shock as plane crash kills President Lech Kaczynski
     

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