The air disaster that haunts Polish politics

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Political potency of a national tragedy is wearing out.

  • Annabelle Chapman
  • Politico

WARSAW — Nine years ago, a plane crash that killed Poland’s president and 95 others created one of the most potent myths in the country’s history.

A significant minority of Poles did not believe that it was a tragic accident, as detailed in an official report.

Instead, they saw the crash at a military airfield near the Russian city of Smolensk as a plot involving Polish and Russian leaders, mid-air explosions and cruel Russians executing survivors.

Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party turned such theories into…

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