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Putin's early career was with the KGB, the successor to the NKVD.
Polish newspapers even welcomed the broadcast as a sign of a "turnaround" in Polish-Soviet relations.
The tensions culminated in an ironic request by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who asked Russia to limit its threats of a nuclear strike to one every quarter year.
Putin did not get on very well with former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Some 4,000 Polish officers, priests, officials and other "counterrevolutionary elements" were murdered by the Soviets in Katyn alone, killed by targeted shots to the neck. The execution order, drawn up by intelligence chief Lavrenty Beria, was signed by the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
The Soviet secret police, the NKVD, was in charge of the massacres.
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The snow had not thawed completely under the pine trees in the western Russian forest of Katyn as Russian and Polish leaders came together Wednesday to remember the Katyn massacre of 1940.