"Crash or Crime: Investigations into the Polish Presidential Plane Crash of 2010"by Valeria Gertz
July 24, 2019
“Crash or Crime?” is a political thriller based on true events of 2010, when a Polish presidential plane crashed in Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people onboard, including the Polish president. At the time of these events, Valeria Gertz worked as a Canadian correspondent for a Polish TV station, covering the events from the North American perspective. She spent the next 10 years thoroughly researching the tragedy and subsequent events. Gertz lays out her findings in “Crash or Crime?” in a coherent and suspenseful narrative, which reads more like a mystery novel than a non-fiction book.
Throughout the book it becomes clear that the official version of the crash published by a Russian commission is entirely untrue. However, in the world of fake news and disinformation wars, this version is still widely maintained by mainstream media. Published exactly 10 years after the tragedy, Gertz’s book provides a new, well-researched narrative with respect to this still unsolved mystery of the death of the Polish president and top dignitaries – a tragedy which forever changed the geopolitical situation in Europe.
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.
The year is 1986. The first in a series of many “spontaneous” meetings between the USSR and the German Democratic Republic intelligence officers, are being held in Dresden, East Germany.
After several months of these “informal” meetings, an unremarkable - in both height and rank - KGB officer, speaking excellent German, albeit with a bit of a funny accent, becomes their host. No one there had paid much attention to a man named Vladimir Putin.
While the explosives’ detection issue was temporarily relegated to the second pages, just like the “Tape Scandal,” this problem is not going away either. The detonating cord attached to the “Smolensk explosives” is no longer smoldering - it is already lit, and is slowly moving to blow up in the faces of “truth shamans” hard at work socio-engineering their masters out of this uncontainable mess. Considerable erosion of public trust in the sitting government, as confirmed by recent polls, gives credence to another tectonic shift, whose aftershock is about to be felt in Poland.
Will Mr. Tusk be able to roll-out, in time, the friendly-media firetrucks to extinguish the burning detonating cord inextricably attached to the Smolensk crash “un-explosives”? Recently, two eminent Polish chemists, Dr. Krystyna Kamieńska-Trela, Ph.D., and Dr. Sławomir Szymański, Ph.D., released their ground-breaking findlings. With utmost scientific certainty, the scientists confirmed the presence of explosives on the wreckage of the Polish government plane that crashed in Smolensk in 2010. More here ...
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