A Russian prosecutor who handed over files on Katyn and Smolensk to Poland killed in air crash!
Published: October 4, 2018
In Russia Deputy Prosecutor General Saak Karapetjan was killed in the helicopter crash. Karapetjan served as the head of the international cooperation department of the Russian General Prosecutor's Office. The helicopter crash was reported September 24, 2018. The cause of the crash was determined as a violation of safety rules.
In the years 2010-2011, Karapetjan handed over to Poland files of Russian investigations into the Katyn crime and the Smolensk crash. In 2010 Karapetjan handed over to the Polish diplomats in Moscow copies of 20 volumes of Russian investigation files into the NKVD Katyn crime of 1940. In April 2011, Karapetjan provided to the Polish representatives copies of 14 volumes of files from the Russian investigation into the 2010 Smolensk catastrophe that killed the President of Poland and country’s top leadership. Earlier, Russia handed over to Poland copies of 28 volumes of the Smolensk investigation files.
The helicopter carrying Karapetian crashed in the Kostromich region. Information agencies reported that among the four deaths was Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Saak Karapetian. The 58-year-old Karapetian was on vacation at the time of the crash.
According to the preliminary reports, the crash occurred as a result of a breach of security rules. Earlier, it was reported that bad weather could also contribute to it.
From 2016 Karapetjan was one of several deputies of the Russian Prosecutor General Yuriy Czajka. In the 1990s, he was a deputy of the Russian parliament and a member of the democratic party Jabłoko. He had been working in the General Prosecutor's Office since 2006, where he was responsible for international legal cooperation.
In September 2010, Karapetjan handed over to Polish diplomats in Moscow copies of 20 volumes of the Karyn investigation files. This transfer of documents took place in response to the application by Poland for legal aid under the international treaty on legal cooperation. Earlier that year, in May 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev handed over to Poland copies of 67 volumes of the investigation files into the Katyn crime.
In 20 volumes of Katyn documents handed over by Karapetjana, there were lists of prisoners, regulations for sending them to camps and interrogation reports, among others. These materials also contained death certificates, burial acts, body release certificates, forensic-medical reports. Another set of documents - 11 volumes of Katyn files - Karapetjan handed over to Poland on behalf of the General Prosecutor's Office in April 2011.
In April 2011, Karapetjan also delivered 14 volumes of files of the Russian investigation into the Smolensk catastrophe to the representatives of the Polish embassy in Moscow. The Russian investigation into the Smolensk catastrophe conducted by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is still ongoing to this day. Its continuation by the Investigative Committee is used as an excuse by Russia not to return to Poland the wreck of the Tu-154M aircraft, which crashed on April 10, 2010 near Smolensk. The Polish delegation was on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. 96 people were killed in the Smolensk crash, including the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife, as well as many high-ranking state officials and top NATO military commanders.
As it turns out, the deceased Russian prosecutor dealt with one more important and very sensitive matter. Apparently it was Karapetjan who prepared legal documents including motions in the Skripal case. This was confirmed by the spokesman for the General Prosecutor's Office Aleksandr Kuriennoj. His statement was quoted by the high-circulation newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda". Kuriennoj said that Karapetian was involved in matters of international cooperation, transport and customs issues, as well as the case of Sergey and Julia Skripal.
In March of this year, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence colonel accused by Russia of cooperation with British intelligence, and his daughter Julia, were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping center in Salisbury. The victims were hospitalized. Months later, the Skripals left the hospital, but only Julia appeared in public.
The British authorities believe that the Skripals have fallen victim to a chemical warfare agent named Nowiczok developed during the USSR era. They also concluded that two agents of the Russian intelligence services using the names of Alexei Petrov and Ruslan Boszyrow tried to kill Skripals. The attack on Skripals has caused the biggest crisis in Russian-British relations since the Cold War.
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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