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April 11 2011

Poland: Remembering April 10, 2010

Written by Veronica Khokhlova

Politics, Economy, Society shares memories of April 10, 2010, the day the Polish President and nearly a hundred other people were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia.

April 10 2011

Poland, Russia: Smolensk Plane Crash, One Year On

Written by Veronica Khokhlova

On, Adam Szostkiewicz shares thoughts on the Polish-Russian relations one year after the plane crash near Smolensk that killed Poland’s president and nearly a hundred other dignitaries.

January 20 2011

Praktische Suchmaschine für CC-Bilder

Written by Sylwia Presley

The Interstate Aviation Committee's report on the crash of TU-154M near Smolensk on April 10, 2010, has provoked many insightful posts from bloggers, but we have also found that microblogging platforms - Twitter and - have become good spaces for Poles to express their opinions, and that quite a few visuals criticising the report have appeared online.

On Twitter, users generally criticise the report and the Polish government's reactions.

@janpoplawski states [PL]:

Why is the government preparing an answer to the Russian government if the report was written by IAC - an international organisation

@tuskwatch refers [PL] to the fact that the Prime Minister was absent on the day of the report's publication:

It seems that Prime Minister Tusk considered his reaction to the report a success and went back to skiing. Shall we wish him happy holidays?

@gregorius74 speaks as if stating the obvious [PL]:

A discovery! This government does not seem to think. Klich: IAC report was supposed to discredit us

@radiomaryja, the Twitter account of a Catholic radio station, has this [PL]:

IAC report disappointed us

@brulion invites Twitter users to join a new Facebook page [PL]: group “I think the IAC report is outrageous”

Polish microblogging engine,, contains reactions of similar sentiment.

@jezykwkosmosie writes [PL]:

IAC was as delicate to Tupolew's crew in its report as possible. When we have the Polish report heads will roll, that's all.

@aimrumru also disagrees with the claim that the report is objective [PL]:

mistake after mistake of the Polish crew, plus mistake after mistake of the Russian controllers. so the IAC report is partial.

@wikploc is interested in the reactions of the public [PL]:

Here we go. The experts of airplane crashes from Nowogrodzka street prove how IAC twisted the report. I wonder if the “dark folk” will buy it.

@bukowskip states with cynicism [PL]:

IAC report did not surprise me at all. Even if they'd shot down the plane, it would turn out that the pilot collided with a rocket.

@jakubkowalski adds [PL]:

I hope that the Polish authorities will maintain the current approach, that the IAC report in unacceptable. […]

@bukol87 mentions this [PL]:

IAC report cannot be a common agreement. It has no responsibility to accept corrections. Game Over

Andrzej Krauze posts the following cartoon [PL]:

"Please inform comrade Stalin in kettle 17 that the IAC report was published in accordance with his instructions"

Krzętowski drew this one for [PL]:

"First of all, get it translated from Soviet into Polish"

The newly established Facebook page - “I think the IAC report is outrageous” - contains a few of these visuals, too.

Achmaja posts [PL] a pretty strong criticism of the Russian side:

"from russia with love, iac report"

TVN48 posts an old visual in a new context [PL]:

"Putin: Lick my shoes. /Tusk: "Let's talk compromise"

Tusk knew from the very beginning how one should relate to Russia. Not fighting with a sword, but with “the language of compromise.” That's what I call good foreign policy. And the results we've seen recently, for instance.
[graphics by Lach from 2 years ago]

January 13 2011


Smolensk: Russland: Polen am Flugzeugabsturz schuld - Ausland - Politik | FAZ.NET - 20110112

Am tödlichen Flugzeugabsturz des polnischen Präsidenten Lech Kaczynski tragen nach russischen Erkenntnissen die polnischen Vertreter an Bord Schuld. Fehler der Piloten und psychischer Druck durch ranghohe Personen im Cockpit seien die Ursachen für das Unglück, heißt es.

[Einträge auf oanth zum Flugabsturz bei Smolensk vom April 2010]

May 11 2010

April 12 2010

Hinweis - Flugzeugabsturz Smolensk auf

Pointer - Wegweiser ---------------------------------------------------

Der Frankfurter Rundschau gebührt ein großes Lob inpuncto der journalistischen Aufarbeitung des Flugzeugabsturzes von Smolensk - zu allen Details finden sich kompetente Stellungnahmen: dem polnisch-russische Verhältnis, technische Fragen zur Unfallursache, ein Interview mit Frau Gesine Schwan zur Persönlichkeit von Lech Kaczynski, eine Liste der beim Absturz Umgekommenen, u.a. auch über die aktuelle Relevanz von Andrzej Wajdas Film "Katyn" in dem m.E. herausragenden Artikel: "Eine Nation geht in sich" von Adam Krzeminski - letzterer wurde von mir auf meinem Soup-Account via Delicious gepostet (wird leider oft erst mehrstündig zeitversetzt integriert).

Global Voices hat zur Flugzeugkatastrophe anschauliches Material über die polnische und russische Blogosphäre und die Reaktionen zum Unglück veröffentlicht.

Für am Thema Interssierte finden sich unter folgenden Schlagwörtern entsprechende Einträge per Mausklick.
oanth - CEST 01:30 20100413/18

April 11 2010

Russia: Eyewitness Story Of Polish Plane Crash in Smolensk

LJ user elena-pushistay shares [RUS] an eyewitness story about the Polish plane crash near Smolensk, told to her by a local woman named Lyudmila, who lives just 3 km from the military airport where the tragedy took place.

Poland: Video Reactions to the Deadly Plane Crash

Following the shocking news of the death of President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other officials, Poland starts the official week of mourning. Next to an enormous amount of reactions in various online venues, video messages present themselves as a very powerful tool to express the feelings of the nation.

Natalia10odd posts her poem, including an English translation:

Bettymegami pays tribute to Lech Kaczyński:

Sasuuka reminds us of the faces and names of all the victims of the plane crash:

The most striking is this simple message of the Polish flag, a black ribbon and the Polish national anthem in the context of its title - ‘In memory of the victims who died on April 10, 2010″ - uploaded by gucio3417:

April 10 2010

Absturz in Smolensk: Mit Kaczynski stirbt halbe Führungsriege Polens - - 20100410

Heute stürzte gegen 10.50 Uhr Ortszeit (8.50 Uhr MESZ) [...] eine Tupolew-154 beim Landeanflug auf den [...] Flughafen der westrussischen Stadt Smolensk ab. An Bord: 132 Menschen. Es gab offenbar keine Überlebenden. - Unter den Toten befinden sich der Präsident Polens, Lech Kaczynski, seine Frau Maria, der Präsident der polnischen Zentralbank, Slawomir Skrzypek, der Generalstabschef Franciszek Gagor, der stellvertretende Außenminister Polens, der ehemalige Verteidigungsminister Jerzy Szmajdzinski, der Chef des Büros für nationale Sicherheit, Aleksander Szczyglo, der Leiter der Präsidentenkanzlei, Wladyslaw Stasiak, der dortige Staatssekretär Pawel Wypych sowie der dortige Unterstaatssekretär Mariusz Handzlik, der ehemalige Geheimdienstminister Zbigniew Wassermann, der ehemalige Minister und Vizepremierminister Przemyslaw Gosiewski, der letzte Präsident der polnischen Exilregierung in London während des zweiten Weltkriegs, Ryszard Kaczorowski und [...]

Poland: President Kaczyński is Killed in Plane Crash in Russia - Initial Reactions

The news of the plane crash in Western Russia, which killed the President Lech Kaczyński, his wife and dozens of other senior Polish officials this morning, is reaching the entire blogosphere, as well as the mainstream media now. The President was traveling to Katyn, to take part in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Forest massacre.

Both Twitter and its Polish mirror service host initial reactions to the catastrophe. People are shocked.

Ewa_b posts:


Nice is adding [PL]:


It must be a bad dream ;-(

Others, like Namenick, express their shock together with passing on the news in English:


Vagla points out [PL]:


Half of Poland's government was on that plane.

Joined in sentiment [PL] by hustka:


“these are the people who ruled the country” chaos!! ;o

Perdo points out [PL]:


The Parliament Speaker steps in for the President. They will announce early elections.

Polish news services, such as, are currently crashing under the load of traffic; mobile networks are also overloaded.

Dziennikarz is reporting [PL]:


All Polish portals are having problems with gigantic traffic

Malisa updates on mobile networks [PL]:


#plusgsm network overloaded. people must call each other with the news.

Mainstream media is delivering news updates constantly, so reactions to those start to appear as well:

KissMeJoeJ is posting:

kismejoe has published the initial list of people who were on the plane, feeding it to Twitter, too.

Some, like Irenkaa, start speculating [PL]:


I wonder if it really was an accident…

Voter101 comments on the fact that President was not liked by the public [PL]:


#president no one liked him - now there will be respect for the dead…Irony.

Naphilim explains [PL]:

Maybe I didn't like him, but this is not how I imagined the change of the head of the country.

People are beginning to gather and express their grief, as dominikpanek is reporting [PL]:


In front of Presidential Palace in Warsaw citizens of the capital gather. They are bringing flowers and wreaths.

Twitter users are using #RIPLechKaczynski hashtag to express their grief online, calling others to join them, the way TeamJoeJ does:


Linkaaa's tweet sums up the general feeling of the Polish social media users now:

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