An email released by WikiLeaks as part of their Global Intelligence Files suggests that Russia may have deliberately refused landing to the plane of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski in 2010 — a plane that later crashed and killed Kacsynski and 100 others.Kaczynski had been flying into Smolensk in Western Russia in order to attend a memorial service for those killed in the Katyn massacre, where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by their Soviet guards in 1940.
It was apparently this intention that lead a Stratfor source, a former KGB agent, ‘Comrade J’, to tell a Stratfor agent Fred Burton that “The Russians purposefully denied the aircraft the ability to land knowing that the Polish President would either force the pilot to land […] or the plane would return and not land at the location.”
Stratfor officer Marko Papic writes: “This was actually one of the theories that one of my contacts also gave me. But the intention was not to kill Kacynzki [sic] just make his life difficult by forcing him to land in Minsk and therefore miss the Katyn Massacre ceremonies set to begin in an hour from landing. But instead, the pilots tried to land anyways and crashed the flight.”
Kacsynski had a tense relationship with Moscow due to his support for Georgia and had not been invited to the official Katyn ceremony, instead organising his own three days later.
If true, the plan doesn’t appear to have led directly or indirectly to Kacsynski’s death. There is no suggestion it was an attempt to crash the plane, more an annoyingly passive aggressive move to make them miss the ceremony — apparently a standard practice from the Russian government to annoy foreign officials.
However TheNews.pl suggests that the release may fuel rumours that the plane crash was a plot organised by Russia as revenge for Kacsynski’s Georgian support.
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