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    Polish President Lech Kaczynski could decide not to attend Victory Day festivities in Moscow on May 9 following Russia's invitation of Poland's former Communist ruler to attend the same event.

    Polish President Lech Kaczynski could decide not to attend Victory Day festivities in Moscow on May 9 following Russia's invitation of Poland's former Communist ruler to attend the same event.

    Kaczynski has repeatedly voiced criticism against 86-year-old Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was the last commander-in-chief of the communist Polish People's Army and the country's head of state from 1985 to 1990.

    "President Lech Kaczynski has doubts about traveling to Moscow to attend the [Victory Day] festivities after Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski received an invitation from Russia," Aleksander Szczyglo, the head of Poland's National Security Bureau, said on Sunday in an interview with Radiî Zet radio station.

    The administration of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has invited nine former heads of state, who had personally fought in World War II, including George Bush, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, and Wojciech Jaruzelski, to attend the 65th anniversary celebrations of the end of the war.

    Jaruzelski resigned from power after the Polish Round Table Agreement in 1989 led to democratic elections in the country.

    He has been charged with committing communist crimes, mainly the creation of a criminal military organization (the so-called the Military Council of National Salvation) with the aim of conducting crimes against the Polish people.

    The former Polish dictator has been on trial for his alleged crimes since 2006, but has categorically denied the charges and avoided most court appearances citing poor health.

    WARSAW, March 29 (RIA Novosti)

     

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