Poland: President Kaczyński is Killed in Plane Crash in Russia – Initial Reactions

The news of the plane crash in Western Russia, which killed the President Lech Kaczyński, his wife and dozens of other senior Polish officials this morning, is reaching the entire blogosphere, as well as the mainstream media now. The President was traveling to Katyn, to take part in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Forest massacre.

Both Twitter and its Polish mirror service Blip.pl host initial reactions to the catastrophe. People are shocked.

Ewa_b posts:


Nice is adding [PL]:


It must be a bad dream ;-(

Others, like Namenick, express their shock together with passing on the news in English:


Vagla points out [PL]:


Half of Poland's government was on that plane.

Joined in sentiment [PL] by hustka:


“these are the people who ruled the country” chaos!! ;o

Perdo points out [PL]:


The Parliament Speaker steps in for the President. They will announce early elections.

Polish news services, such as Onet.pl, are currently crashing under the load of traffic; mobile networks are also overloaded.

Dziennikarz is reporting [PL]:


All Polish portals are having problems with gigantic traffic

Malisa updates on mobile networks [PL]:


#plusgsm network overloaded. people must call each other with the news.

Mainstream media is delivering news updates constantly, so reactions to those start to appear as well:

KissMeJoeJ is posting:


Polskatimes.pl has published the initial list of people who were on the plane, feeding it to Twitter, too.

Some, like Irenkaa, start speculating [PL]:


I wonder if it really was an accident…

Voter101 comments on the fact that President was not liked by the public [PL]:


#president no one liked him – now there will be respect for the dead…Irony.

Naphilim explains [PL]:

Maybe I didn't like him, but this is not how I imagined the change of the head of the country.

People are beginning to gather and express their grief, as dominikpanek is reporting [PL]:


In front of Presidential Palace in Warsaw citizens of the capital gather. They are bringing flowers and wreaths.

Twitter users are using #RIPLechKaczynski hashtag to express their grief online, calling others to join them, the way TeamJoeJ does:


Linkaaa‘s tweet sums up the general feeling of the Polish social media users now:


  • […] Polish life. As every accident, it took us by surprise. I personally, despite of having written a post for Global Voices, still cannot comprehend it. We seek explanations, we look for comfort, we cry. […]

  • Valeriy Gruk

    The plane crash in Western Russia, which killed those people makes them the last Victims of World War 2nd and Katyn tragedy.

  • […] post has been originally written for and posted at Global Voices Online. Wersja po polsku […]

  • […] the shocking news of the death of President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other officials, Poland starts the official week […]

  • […] we live through the first 24 hours of the tragedy of the Polish nation, social media present various reactions to this morning’s events, when Poland lost its […]

  • […] begins the official week-long mourning period after a plane crash killed the Polish President and 95 other officials yesterday in Russia’s Smolensk region. All […]

  • […] po otrzymaniu szokujących wiadomości o śmierci Prezydenta Lecha Kaczyńskiego i innych 95 osobistości polskich, kraj zaczyna oficjalny […]

  • Interesting tweets from a Romanian (@Florin_Cosac) to Russia Today about the poor coverage of the tragedy in the breaking tweets:

    @RT_com Where are the Polish investigation teams? 5:45 AM Apr 10th via web in reply to RT_com

    @RT_com What do the Russian rescue teams at the site have to say?
    5:46 AM Apr 10th via web in reply to RT_com

    @RT_com Has no Russian official and media any sympathies to express to the Polish families and friends who have lost their loved ones?
    5:47 AM Apr 10th via web in reply to RT_com

    @RT_com Your journalism is heartless and depersonalizing. Catch up with the rest of humanity. Get emotional and social intelligence! Fast!
    5:49 AM Apr 10th via web in reply to RT_com

    Took the Russian Press about 14 minutes to talk about sympathies – after my critique. Too bad they didn’t do it hours before my criticism.
    6:07 AM Apr 10th via web

  • […] den ersten 24 Stunden nach dieser Tragödie der polnischen Nation zeigen die sozialen Medien verschiedene Reaktionen zu den Ereignissen des heutigen Morgen, als […]

  • […] den ersten 24 Stunden nach dieser Tragödie der polnischen Nation zeigen die sozialen Medien verschiedene Reaktionen zu den Ereignissen des  Morgens, als Polen […]

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