The European Parliament urges Russia to immediately return the Tupolev wreckage to Poland
SCND March 12, 2015
The European Parliament
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution urging Russia to return the wreckage of the Tu-154M, which crashed on April 10, 2010 at Smolensk Airport, killing the Polish president. The provision was made at the request of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party members.
The appeal was made by The European Conservatives and Reformists Group. Russia was urged to immediately return the Tu-154M wreckage as well as to launch an independent, international investigation into the crash.
The resolution states that the European Parliament “calls on the Russian authorities to immediately return the wreckage of the Tu-154 Polish Government airplane and all of its black boxes to Poland; It also underlines the fact that the level of dependence of the Russian judiciary on the authorities undermines any impartial and honest investigation.”
The murder of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was also mentioned and referred to as the most politically significant murder in the modern history of Russia. The European Parliament members accused Russian authorities of fuelling hatred towards the opposition and members of the public and demanded an international investigation into Nemtsov’s murder, to be led by independent experts. The Parliament paid tribute to Nemtsov, “who sacrificed his life to fight for Russia to become more democratic, prosperous and achieve good relations with neighbouring countries.” Moscow’s decision to refuse certain EU members and foreign politicians entry to Russia, stopping them from attending Nemtsov’s funeral, was condemned by the resolution.
The Parliament also appealed to the Russian Federation’s leaders to stop “the shameful propaganda and information war on its neighbours as well as its own nationals.”
The Parliament is also very critical of Russia's human rights track record, and the lack of collaboration with foreign investigators regarding the shooting down of the Malaysian aircraft in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
Remigiusz Mus, the flight engineer on Yak-40 whose landing immediately preceded PLF 101 and whose testimony implicated the Russian flight controllers, died of suicide.
This rounds out the death of the entirety of key witnesses whose testimonies could prove that the flight controllers bore at least partial responsibility for the mysterious crash that killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
Suicide. So says the Polish Prosecutors office under the administration of Donald Tusk, Bronislaw Komorowski, and the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) - the people who came out on top following the disaster of Flight PLF 101. The position of the Prosecutors office is that the autopsy indicated death by hanging with no defensive wounds and and alcohol level of one permille (.01%).
General Konstantin Anatolyevich Morev, chief of the Federal Security Services (FSB), successor to KGB, office in Tver, who interviewed the Russian flight controllers, died at the end of August 2011. His body was found in his office. The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from his service revolver. Read more here
"Russian Image Management"
The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident.
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