In connection with the statement by the spokesperson of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, we declare that news on the possible substitution of the black boxes of the Tu-154M number 101 aircraft was published by journalist

Grzegorz Wierzchołowski in the Gazeta Polska weekly. The Subcommission for the Re-examination of the Air Accident of 10 April 2010 did not contribute to the article and thereby did not present a viewpoint as part of the said text.

At the same time, it must be noted with full certainty that the documentation prepared by the investigators of the Russian Federation, during the inspection of the site of the tragedy of 10 April 2010, contains two fundamentally different protocols that refer to finding black boxes. The protocol from 14.30-20.55 describes locating recorders that do not show signs of damage, which were then packed into polyethylene bags and handed over to the Interstate Aviation Committee of the Russian Federation. The protocol from 20.00-22.40 contains information on finding damaged black boxes, which after inspection were packed into cardboard boxes.

The aforementioned are indisputable facts which no commission examining the Smolensk tragedy can downplay, especially as Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu on 10 April 2010, even before the appearance of Polish experts on the site, declared that the black boxes were taken from the crash site and were being read. Given that black boxes are key evidence in the study of an aviation accident, all doubts and ambiguities as to their authenticity must be explained. Otherwise, the use of a record from a dubious source can lead to erroneous conclusions and serve as a root for disinformation.

The Subcommission for the Re-examination of the Air Accident of 10 April 2010 states these facts without making a final conclusion. At the same time, we believe that it is the duty of the Russian side to fully explain the contradictions delineated above and immediately return the Tu-154M black boxes to the Polish side, and not to disseminate innuendos about the Subcommission's activities.

Chairman of the Subcommission

Antoni Macierewicz