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Polish president's body leaves Russia

world Updated: Apr 11, 2010 17:44 IST

The remains of Polish President Lech Kaczynski have been sent home.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other top officials attended a solemn farewell ceremony at the Smolensk airport, where Kaczynski's plane crashed Saturday while trying to land. At the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army in Warsaw, hundreds gathered for a morning Mass and left flowers and written condolences. Among the dead were Poland's army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces, who were all making the emotional trip to honor Polish officers slain by the Soviet secret police in 1940 in western Russia.