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Polish President Lech Kaczynski Dies in Crash

WARSAW, Poland -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski , who died Saturday in a plane crash in Russia , was a one-time anti-communist activist who teamed up with his twin brother to take his country in a nationalist, conservative direction.Kaczynski, 60 pursued a strongly pro-U.S. foreign policy, in accordance with a cross-party consensus that has grown in Poland since the fall of communism. He was an enthusiastic backer of plans to build a U.S. missile defense facility in the country, the largest of the European Union's new eastern members.The prickly nationalism of Kaczynski and his twin brother, Jaroslaw -- who served for a time as prime minister and is now opposition leader -- sometimes complicated ties with European neighbors and Russia. Lech Kaczynski long held out against the EU's so-called Lisbon reform treaty before signing it last November.In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kaczynski brothers were activists in the anti-communist opposition and went on to serve as advisers to Solidarity f...

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