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Poland marks anniversary of presidential plane crash

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Poland marks anniversary of presidential plane crash

Poland has marked the seventh anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the life of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others.

The deceased’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski led the commemorations.

A new crash investigation commission has said that the plane broke up in mid-air based on conversations between pilots and Russian air traffic control.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski blames Russia for the crash, which has refused to return the wreckage or the black boxes.

President Kaczynski and a Polish delegation had been en route to Russia to pay tribute to some 22,000 Polish prisoners of war, killed in the Katyn forest by Soviet authorities in World War II.