Design of monument to late Polish presidential couple unveiled

A design of a monument to the late Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, both killed in an air crash in Smolensk, Russia, was presented on Thursday during a press conference in the central-eastern Polish town of Radom.

The first couple were among 96 people killed on April 10, 2010 in a plane crash near Smolensk airport. The victims included many members of the Polish government and high ranking military representatives. The Polish delegation was flying to Western Russia to mark the anniversary of the Katyn forest massacre of 1940, in which thousands of Polish officers were killed by Stalin’s secret police. Their jet went down in a heavy fog.

Soon after the crash members of the Law and Justice (PiS) party which Lech Kaczynski was a co-founder set up a social committee endowed with a task of constructing a monument to the late leader.

(Photo: Marc Ben Fatma/