An Alarming Revelation by Gazeta Wyborcza: “Russian Spy in the 36th Special Aviation Regiment.” Any Connection to the Smolensk Crash?
SCND November 19, 2015
According to the Gazeta Wyborcza (GW), a Russian spy operated within the Polish 36th Special Aviation Regiment. This fascinating and at the same time alarming revelation appeared in the GW.
The spy in question served as a pilot in the 36th Special Regiment of the Polish Air Force between 2001 and 2010 and worked for the Russian intelligence during the period of his service. It is hard not to connect this revelation with the Smolensk crash in which the best pilots of the 36th Special Aviation Regiment died. Interestingly however, the ill-famed Gazeta Wyborcza denies any such connection.
“We chose not to publicize this information in order not to aggravate the bad situation of the 36th Regiment. Announcing that one of the Regiment’s officers collaborated with Russians would undoubtedly be linked to the Smolensk crash, whereas no such links exist,” said a GW informer.
The 36th Special Aviation Regiment’s function was to provide air transportation for the highest officials of the Polish government, including the late President Lech Kaczynski. The regiment was in charge of servicing the flight of the Polish Air Force One to Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010, and was subsequently disbanded after the Smolensk Crash.
The Polish Prosecution is currently debating whether charges of espionage should be brought against the pilot who turned out to be a Russian spy. Such charges were allegedly demanded by Marek Biernacki, the former security services’ coordinator. The scope and nature of the assignments given to the spy by his Russian handlers remains unclear, but it has been confirmed that he provided documentation related to the Polish Armed Forces to a representative of the Russian Federation.
Inconspicuously, the Chief Prosecutor reportedly referred to the matter as “trivial,” and no arrest has been made thus far. The pilot in question is currently on medical leave.
* PHOTO: Captain Arkadiusz Protasiuk, Polish Air Force One, Flight PLF101 Pilot-in-Command, killed in Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
Already during the first night of the crash, the Russians were removing the most important pieces of evidence from the crash site, that is, the remains of the Polish President’s Tupolev, TU-154M. Parts of the aircraft were transported away without any prior planning, and some of them were purposefully destroyed. 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.
World-renowned forensic pathologist goes on the record: "I have been doing autopsies for 50 years, and I've investigated more than fifteen, twenty airplane crashes […] I've been in countries all over the world where families think that the government is hiding something. Whether it is Zimbabwe or Israel, or Philippines, the government may not like an outside person checking to make sure they got it right. [But,] they never interfered with that. The family, the next of kin, always has the right to do what the wishes of the family are. In the 21st century, the body of the dead person no longer belongs to the state. It belongs to the family. So, it is unusual - something that I have never experienced before - where the government [of Poland] has not permitted the famil[ies]" to conduct independent forensic examinations of their loved ones' remains [...] I've never heard of a body coming back to a country and the family being unable to open up a casket. I've never heard of the family not being able to get an autopsy… Read more here
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