Friday, 25 May 2012

Russians stick to the Warsaw Bristol

On the tenth day of every month a demonstration takes place outside the presidential palace in Warsaw, to commemorate the plane crash in Russia in 2010 in which President Lech Kaczynski and other top politicians died. A few yards away is the Warsaw Bristol, where the Russian football team have booked a whole floor for Euro 2012.  Poland's sports minister Joanna Mucha thinks the demonstrators might spread to to the hotel and has asked the Russians to find somewhere else to stay. But the Russians are refusing to budge. They play their first game, against the Czech Republic, on June 8, and play Poland on June 12.
The Warsaw Bristol was founded by the piano-playing president Ignacy Paderewski in 1897, and the hotel features in the story "Lady Thatcher's Finest Hour" in High Times at the Hotel Bristol.

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