Russia, Poland to pay tribute to memory of Smolensk air crash victims


A delegation of the Polish Embassy in Moscow under Ambassador Wojciech Zajonczkowski will take part in the events to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s plane crash near Smolensk.

Memorial services will begin at 10:15 a.m., with a Catholic and an Orthodox priest uttering prayers in Polish and in Russian on the site of the crash, the head of the consular service of Poland in Smolensk, Michal Greczylo, said.

Andrzej Kunert, an official of the Polish organization in charge of Polish burial sites abroad, will also take part in the commemorative event.

The guests will lay wreaths at the impact location and will then leave for the Katyn memorial. Smolensk Governor Alexei Ostrovsky and representatives of the region’s university students will lay wreaths at the memorable stone at the Severny airfield.

The Polish President’s aircraft crashed near Smolensk on April 10th 2010 because of thick fog. 96 people aboard the aircraft, – 8 crewmembers and 88 passengers, including President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and high-ranking Polish officials died in the crash.


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