Plaque row mars Polish commemoration of plane crash

By REUTERS
April 10, 2011 04:17

 
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WARSAW - A diplomatic row has erupted over a plaque marking last year's plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's president and 95 others, casting a shadow over Sunday's commemoration of disaster's first anniversary.

Families of the crash victims erected a plaque at Smolensk in the Polish language that described how Kaczynski's party died while trying to mark the 70th anniversary of "the Soviet crime of genocide against prisoners of war, Polish army officers".

But Russian authorities replaced it on Saturday with a much shorter text, in both Russian and Polish, that omits all mention of the Katyn massacre and refers only to the plane crash.

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