About the author
The author of the chapters devoted to the history of the Katyn massacre is Stanisław M. Jankowski (born in 1945), graduate of the Jagiellonian University, for years associsted with the Katyn Institute in Poland and Independent Historical Committee of the Katyn Massacre. Publicist and historian, author of hundreds of publications and more than twenty books incl. books about the Home Army, General Leopold Okulicki, emissary Jan Karski, history of the Katyn Massacre. Historical consultant of the film „Katyn” by Andrzej Wajda.
11 November 1996
The marks of the Silver Cross of the Order of the VM awarded to the Monument to the Martyrdom of Katyn in London to decorate the war cemeteries in Katyn, Kharkov and Mednoye after they were built, were transferred to Poland.
27 June 1998
The ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the war cemetery in Kharkiv has become a history in the form of films on the Internet even today, which confirms the abuse of alcohol by the President of the Republic of Poland – Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
6 July 1999
The announcement of the Committee for the Construction of the National Katyn Monument in Baltimore, Maryland mentions that the monument “is to be
the response to the cry of the Katyn Martyrdom to commemorate all the victims at all times and in all places”.
17 June 2000
The opening and blessing of the Kharkiv War Cemetery was attended by representatives of the highest authorities of the Republic of Poland, church, parliament and military.
28 July 2000
Opening and blessing of the War Cemetery in Katyn in the presence of state, church, parliamentary and military authorities.
2 September 2000
Opening and dedication of the War Cemetery in Mednoye with the participation of the highest state authorities of the Republic of Poland, representatives of the Polish Parliament and clergy and the Police.
A book by Yuri Ignatievich Muchin, previously known from articles on the subject, is published in Moscow – ‘Anti-Russian Wickedness. Scientific and historical analysis. Spreading the counterfeiting of the Katyn case by Poland and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia in order to incite hatred of Poles towards Russians’.
21 September 2004
The Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation (GPW FR) discontinued the 14-year-long investigation into the Katyn Massacre due to the death of those guilty of the crime and decided to classify 116 out of more than 180 volumes of files as confidential. According to the information provided by the GPW FR, 14,542 people were interned in the territory of the USSR, 1803 people died and only 22 of them were identified… No charges were brought against anyone. The Katyn Massacre was not recognised as genocide.
This fact was made public only on 11 March 2005 – shortly before the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany – by the then Chief Military Prosecutor, General Aleksandr Sawienkov.
11 October 2005
The first day of the stay in Moscow of a team of Polish prosecutors and a historian from the Institute of National Remembrance invited to the Headquarters of the Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation to become acquainted with secret files of the investigation into the Katyn Massacre conducted for 14 years and discontinued in September 2004. Files already known for years and copied in Warsaw were made available, as well as – ironically – with testimonies of witnesses interrogated in Poland. The files lacked, among other things, the criminal decision of the Soviet BP of 5 March 1940. Polish prosecutors were not allowed to have access to the secret decision to discontinue the investigation, as well as to the justification given with the classification – due to state secrets privilege.
18 January 2006
According to the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, the provisions of the Act ‘On the rehabilitation of victims of political repressions’ cannot include Polish officers murdered in Katyn, because due to the destruction of documentation ‘in the course of a criminal investigation, unfortunately, it was not established on the basis of which article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation these persons were brought to criminal responsibility…’
17 September 2007
At the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Andrzej Wajda’s film „Katyń” was revealed, who – as in every speech for years – tried to convince the audience of the death of his father in Katyń, and not in Kharkiv, where Jakub Wajda was taken from the camp in Starobelsk.
4 April 2007
In connection with the conflict over the Russian exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, a deputy of the communist party of the Russian Federation, lawyer Wiktor Iluchin (deputy chairman of the State Duma Commission of security matters) states in an interview that “Poland has been trying for a long time to persuade the Russian side that in 1940 the USSR shot 21 thousand Polish officers, although the historical facts are completely different [and] although it was proved that they were shot by the Germans in the summer of 1941.
28 June 2010
The Humanitarian Aid Committee for Katyn Families ‘Reconciliation’ calls on the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to ‘channel financial resources for […] granting 10-year financial support to families – descendants of Polish prisoners of war who were brutally murdered in Katyn in 1940 by the NKVD’. ‘Reconciliation’ promised ‘to make its account available to which the Russian Federation would transfer 76 million PLN annually for the period of 10 years. No Katyn Family cooperated with ‘Reconciliation’ – a committee which, as it turned out, was to be set up by pseudo-scientists with a criminal past.