Moscow denies the use of firearms on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk. So why are gunshots-like noises heard in the recording from the day of the Smolensk crash?
Published August 27, 2015
Several shots can be heard on the well-known recording from moments after the Smolensk crash. Back in 2011, the police lab confirmed that noises reminiscent of gunshots or explosives can be heard on the recording from April 10, 2010. This information was also confirmed by Colonel Rzepa, who was the spokesman for the Chief Military Prosecution at that time.
However, it remains unclear where those noises in fact were coming from. Was there anybody shooting in Smolensk at the crash site? Could it have been the BOR (Polish Government Protection Bureau) ammunition exploding? The latter seems unlikely, since previous analyses proved that Polish officers’ firearms were not used. Therefore, where were the noises coming from?
Finding an answer to this question becomes even harder after the news from Russia. The military prosecution confirms that Russians deny the use of firearms by their officers within the area of the Smolensk North Airport on the day of the crash on April 10, 2010.
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Apart from the information contained in the Russian report, there is some important additional information that merits attention and careful analysis. For example there is important information in a high resolution photo (Fig 1), which was not included in the Russian report. A close up of one part of the photo, strongly suggests that the crash victim received a bullet wound to the head. The photo was taken on April 10, 2010 at 1450 hr. with a Nikon Coolpix L20.
On the photograph we see one wound, which may be considered an entry wound and another one an exit wound with reddish material under it, which could possibly be brain matter and coagulated blood. In an area of about 2 cm surrounding the entry wound, there appears to be a slight discolouration, which may be powder residue. One can assume that the shot was fired at an angle, such that the circle is somewhat crescent shaped. The shape of the skull could also contribute to a more distinct appearance of the residue on one side. More here
According to the Polish Radio Maryja „the documentation from Russia arrived at the Warsaw District Military Prosecution Office in mid-July and has since been translated.”
The Chief Military Prosecution Office confirms the Russian statement that no firearms were in use by Russian officers on the territory of the Smolensk North Airport on the day of the crash.
“As confirmed by the Chief Military Prosecution Office, Russians deny any use of firearms whether by Russian officers, the airport staff, or officers that secured the site. Therefore, what are the noises that can be heard in the video recording from April 10, 2010, published shortly after the Smolensk crash on the internet? No theory can be dismissed. I am not going to force my opinion on the public, but I know that many people interested in the case of the Smolensk crash think that the ABW (Polish Internal Security Agency) and some of the witnesses to the crash might be right in claiming that the noises on the film sound like gunshots. We need to establish what those noises are,” said attorney Piotr Pszczółkowski
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