The mode of the murder in Grosvenor Square was so inordinately bizarre that for years, I could not bring myself to accept the Kremlin’s complicity. Perhaps the 21st-century approach to political assassination is performing it as if an episode of Austin Powers.
This said, the pet hypothesis of Antoni Macierewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński – Putin brought down the plane with Lech Kaczyński and other Polish leaders in 2010 – still belongs in the conspiracy theory realm. Under slightly different circumstances, its Polish promoters would have made a valuable addition to the Kremlin propaganda machine. In their shared mental world, incompetence and bad luck are only allowed cameo appearances. All the big roles are taken by powerful, evil enemies tirelessly conspiring against the long-suffering mother country.