Footage of Polish Air Crash 'Shows Russians Executing Survivors'; Horrific Truth.Or Cruel Propaganda Stunt?

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Footage of Polish Air Crash 'Shows Russians Executing Survivors'; Horrific Truth.Or Cruel Propaganda Stunt?


Byline: From Will Stewart in Moscow

A VIDEO of the plane crash which killed the president of Poland apparently shows survivors being shot.

It purports to show film of armed Russian-speaking men killing passengers minutes after the crash which killed Lech Kaczynski and dozens of members of the Polish government and military elite.

The footage - on which gun shots are heard - has been dismissed as a 'malicious hoax' by a Russian aviation expert.

There has been no official com-ment from the Moscow prosecutor general's office, which is involved in the crash investigation.

The video, which is being circulated on the internet, has fuelled conspiracy theories about the accident.

Claims include fears that vital Nato secrets and other classified military information fell into the hands of the Russian secret service in the aftermath of the flight and that a mystery woman was in the cockpit seconds before the crash.

Some Russian sources have claimed the video has been circulated in an attempt to smear Moscow by either Ukrainian or Georgian groups by implying that there may have been a planned operation to down the plane.

Polish investigators have demanded more protection for the crash site from the Russians, and have secured permission for their own examination of the crash site.

The official investigation has ruled out foul play as a cause of the crash in dense fog which killed all 96 people on board on April 10.

Until now there has been no suggestion that anyone survived. Passengers on the doomed Tupolev-154 were on their way to commemorate the anniversary of the Katyn massacre, in which some 22,000 officers were murdered by Soviet secret police in 1940.

Many of the bodies from the crash were badly mutilated and could only be identified by DNA, but no reports have suggested bullet injuries to any of the passengers.

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