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Kaczynski took risks for the sake of Georgia2010-04-12 20:51
Lech Kaczynski has deserved the Title of Hero of Georgia like no one else. The politician who tragically died under Smolensk in a plane crash took risks for the sake of the Georgian-Polish friendship many times. During the war in South Ossetia he was bold enough to arrive in Tbilisi; then he involuntarily took part in the staged attack at his cortege and then fell victim to a plane crash in the chronicle simulated by the Imedi TV channel. Finally, he really died on his way to the official condemnation of the crime committed by Soviet power in Katyn.
The Georgians are bewailing the 96 victims of the air disaster under Smolensk, including many Polish top-level officials together with President Lech Kaczynski. According to Mikhail Saakashvili, he was a friend of his, a person whom he could address just by name. He was an "utterly proud man, a man of a great heart and strong principles", - Saakashvili stated in his interview to CNN from London.
"If I were asked to say who played the most significant role in terms of the struggle for the freedom of Georgia and its future I would put President Kaczynski at the top of the list. There is no exaggeration here. I believe my fellow countrymen would agree with me. We witnessed his courage and his personal loyalty", - he said.
The Polish leader was "devotedly in love" with Georgia; as the press-release of the Georgia president's administration goes, he was "a supporter, an associate and an advisor". Kaczynski made everything he could for Tbilisi, both concerning the rapprochement with Europe, the criticism of the Soviet past and the modern confrontation with Russia.
Yesterday, on April 11, the Georgians held a day of mourning in connection with the tragedy. The Polish leader has been posthumously awarded Title of National Hero "for the displayed heroism in the protection of the interests of Georgia".
Informational agencies hold Kachinskiy's visit to Georgia in August 2008 as a model of his self-denial. Together with the presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania, as well as the prime ministers of Latvia and Estonia he arrived to express support to the official Tbilisi. At that time, the Russian Army was attacking the Georgian military facilities from the air and everyone advised the Polish president to fly to Azerbaijan and travel by land transport from there; still, he insisted upon taking a more risky route. There is a version that under Smolensk, Kaczynski also pressed upon the pilot of the plane and did not let him land on the reserve airfield.