Poland Stunned After President's Death

Poland's president was killed in a plane crash in eastern Russia Saturday. Lech Kaczynski was a leading figure in Poland's Solidarity movement, which helped end the Soviet Union's communist hold over the country in 1990. Host Scott Simon gives us a brief update on the plane crash.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

And another story we're following: Poland's president has been killed in a plane crash in eastern Russia today. Lech Kaczynski was a leading figure in Poland's Solidarity movement, which of course helped end the Soviet Union's communist hold over the country in 1990. As president of Poland, Mr. Kaczynski was a controversial figure who appointed his twin brother prime minister.

Poland's president died today along with his wife and several of the country's highest military and civilian leaders when their plane crashed in Russia in a thick fog.

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