The trauma that is Katyn refuses to go away

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The trauma that is Katyn refuses to go away

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Police had to be called to maintain order at a cemetery in Warsaw where the remains of one of the victims of the 2010 Smolensk plane crash was being exhumed.

The grave wa that of Anna Walentynowicz, who’s sacking from the Gsdansk Shipyard in 1980 led to the creation of the Solidarity trade union. But now her family say they have documentary evidence that the remains they buried after her death in the plane crash, along with Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 93 others, are not hers.

More exhumations are likely.

Relations between Moscow and Warsaw have long been strained over the Katyn wartime atrocity and were further frayed by disputes over the handling of the investigation into the 2010 crash.

Polish dignitaries were on their way to a ceremony at the site of the wartime massacre when their plane came down.