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Static vs dynamic dictatorship

My comment on the article Hackers identify Belarus’s masked security police to pressure President Lukashenko by Marc Bennetts in The Times, 21 September 2020.


Communist dictatorship controls all spheres of life. Private life is eliminated. You cannot trust anyone. There is no social capital.

What we are seeing is an attempt to make a transition into the next stage, which is fake democracy, equally well controlled but with democratic decorations on the outside. This slow motion spectacle in Belarus is served to engage the West. In other words, it is a provocation. For provocation to work the targeted side must engage. If it does, the provoking side can execute further steps, adjusting their actions as needed on a day-by-day basis.

Western media avoid serving any background information, reporting instead on the pure mechanics of demonstrations. Occasionally, only occasionally, there is a quantum of interesting information, like the participation of a former minister of culture in an ‘opposition’ committee. This is the regime actually telling you in capital letters: guys, this is FAKE!

These are very old tricks. They have been played many times before.

I have been a first-year chemistry student in Poland in 1981 and participated in occupation of university buildings at the Copernicus University in Toruń during one of many protests. This was an empty spectacle, as I gradually learned later. The Solidarity movement was fake and totally controlled by the Communist regime. It was organised by them. In fact, standard Communist methods are in use in Poland today.

It is quite easy to be duped when information is very limited. Usually, people believe that mass demonstrations are authentic. They believe in a static dictatorship and cannot comprehend that the regime could be much more innovative and creative.

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Vatican in the Shadow of the Red Star

My comment on the article Pope Francis ‘naive’ in deal with China to name bishops by Tom Kington and Didi Tang in The Times, 19 September 2020.


This is nothing new in the Vatican. Earlier popes appeased Communists in Eastern Europe in a similar way. It was done under the banner of ‘normalization’. It is worth reading “Memoirs” of Jozsef Mindszenty, the Hungarian cardinal who never bowed to the Communists. He described how the Communist regime was taking over the control over the Catholic Church in Hungary after WWII. Something very similar was done in other Communist countries.

Mindszenty was eventually stripped of his cardinal dignity for his resistance to Communist rule by pope Paul VI himself. Shocking and disgusting, if you ask me. Cardinal Casaroli was then making rounds between Rome and Communist capitals in Eastern Europe and making deals with them, sealing the Communist control of the church affairs.

The election of Karol Wojtyła from Poland as pope John Paul II in 1978 extended direct Communist control to the Vatican. Wojtyła was not opposing Communists. He was working with them and for them. Otherwise he would be eliminated early on.

Later, the legend of Wojtyła’s opposition to Communism was fabricated. Utter nonsense. John Paul II celebrated the 26th anniversary of his pontificate with a Red Army Choir’s concert in the Paul VI auditorium in the Vatican on October 15, 2004. The last song performed that evening was “Oka”, the anthem of the Communist First Division formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. The concert was broadcast on tv to Italy and Russia. BBC and some other media reported on the concert, but nobody expressed any surprise or feelings of unease over the concert. The “Oka” song was not mentioned publicly as well. The Italian announcer introduced it simply as a ‘Polish song’.

The subsequent turbo-propelled extra quick canonization of John Paul II is not a result of divine interventions. It was his Communist comrades who did the job. A posthumous life achievement award for his services.

Polish émigré writer Józef Mackiewicz wrote a book entitled “Vatican Under the Shadow of the Red Star”, Watykan w Cieniu Czerwonej Gwiazdy, in the 1970s. I don’t think there is an English translation of it though.

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  • József Cardinal Mindszenty, Memoirs, New York: Macmillan (1974)
  • Józef Mackiewicz, Watykan w Cieniu Czerwonej Gwiazdy.
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All the Pravda

“All the Pravda That’s Fit to Print”. My comments on the article Meet Maroš Šefčovič, the steely former communist who imposed the EU’s Brexit deadline by James Crisp in The Telegraph, 11 September 2020.


This article reads like The London Pravda. Let’s see…

towering, basketball-loving, polyglot, wise choice, embroiled in tough trilateral negotiations, won plaudits from all sides, managed to negotiate a solution in highly challenging circumstances, dealing with untrustworthy Russia, ideal preparation, safe pair of hands, his ability to whip through briefings and his laser-like eye for detail, cheerful, friendly approach, he was all steel, big hitter, a well-prepared and formidable opponent

Note this: “Dealing with an untrustworthy Russia”, the country he obtained his degree from.

The following is characteristic of the Communist school:

‘has an unfailing habit of referring to Mr Gove (see video below), the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, as either “Mike” or the “Chancellor”.’

In essence, EU Commission vice-president is a towering Communist figure with a degree from an untrustworthy country.

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Lech Borkowski 12 Sep 2020 8:03AM

“Former Communist” is an oxymoron. Something like a “Russian data security company”

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Onwards to simulated democracy

My comment on the article Putin offers cash but cold comfort to President Lukashenko of Belarus by Marc Bennetts in The Times, 15 September 2020.


Generally speaking, the western observers do not know how deep and how thorough is the control of the Communist dictatorship, and how deep and common is the fear of doing anything against the authorities. The only people in Belarus who have some memory of living in a different kind of country are around 90 years old, those who have been born in Poland before WWII.

Belarus is a Communist creation. Demonstrations and the entire spectacle is not a sign of discontent. It is a demonstration of the regime’s strength. Communists are not stupid. They understand more than people give them credit for. Their intention is to progress to the next phase, which is a simulated democracy, while creating something of a founding myth for this next stage. This has been done in Poland with the Solidarity trade union and the rest of the fake opposition in the 1970 and 1980s.

Been there, seen that.

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Contempt for victims

My comment on the article My great aunt, the spy Ursula Kuczynski by Rosa Ellis in The Times, 11 September 2020.


Here are my reflections.

We are served a story of a family of intellectuals who worked for the genocidal Communist regime and who don’t care about responsibility for their actions. It seems they are very happy with what they did.

Victims of Communism are simply eliminated from the narrative. I read this as an expression of contempt for the victims.

I also have a family and three generations of my family suffered terribly under the Communist terror.

More recently, my pianist wife and I, a physics PhD, were fired from state institutions in Poland. The authorities ran an extremely vicious campaign against us. They employed typical Communist methods. Do our lives matter?

Also, I would like to correct the view expressed in some earlier comments that the Soviet Union was a British ally during part of WWII. That’s not true.

It is true that the British government and the British people viewed the Soviet Union as an ally, but this view was based on deception and self-deception. Soviet Union never ceased to be the enemy of western democracies.

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On the Communist modus operandi

My comment on the article Opposition figurehead Maria Kolesnikova is bundled into van in Belarus by Gareth Browne in The Times, 7 September 2020.


Fake event. The story does not fit the Communist modus operandi. There is no need to grab someone from the street like that. The Communist way is to socially murder the person long before he or she becomes well known. There are many ways to do it. It need not involve physical contact, while being extremely perfidious and cruel.

My wife and I have been targeted for years in Poland. Those activities are run in an entirely different way. My wife and I were eventually expelled from our jobs in Poland in 2015. The authorities ordered the local branch of the Occupational Medical Service to issue a fake statement proclaiming my wife to be unable to work as a pianist due to some unspecified ‘delusions’. That’s the Communist way to do it. My wife was promptly fired. Not even one person expressed support for us. Neither officially, nor privately.

Western journalists generally have no clue about realities of everyday life under the regime. They also do not understand that the regime has total control of the entire public narrative, including the fake opposition. ‘Opposition’ in Belarus does not even pretend it has a program. Their slogan ‘Country to live in’ is perfectly suitable for Lukashenko as well. Demands of Lukashenko stepping down is exactly what the Communist political technologists want. It is a bit like staging demonstrations in winter to demand the end of the cold season and arrival of spring and summer.

This is really a polit-soap opera. Everyone knows that they need to replace Lukashenko eventually with someone else. No one lives forever. They are not stupid. The trick is to pretend he has been overthrown or stepped down as a result of public pressure and create a bit of mythology in the process.

The way to confuse the West is to arrange a fake conflict and pretend the fake opposition won, like the Solidarity trade union in Poland in the 1980s. The same ruling class continued to run the show post-1990 with the West’s approval, thanks in no small part to journalists who did everything to avoid asking inconvenient questions.

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Pret a imprimer

My comment on the article Hard rain as 100,000 defy autocrat’s police in Belarus by Gareth Browne in The Times, 7 September 2020.


The ‘protests’ occur, because that’s what political technologists agreed on. The Communist dictatorship has been painstakingly built over several generations by now. It is very well oiled and controlled in all spheres of life. It doesn’t need to project a ‘1984’ image.

The trick is to make people outside, especially in the West, believe that change is taking place.

Journalists get a pret a imprimer story. Everyone seems to be happy. So happy, that a woman protest leader is strolling happily among waiting journalists, as if on a catwalk. Face happy. All smiles.

No tear gas, no quick dispersal of protesters. If you were running a dictatorship, I am pretty sure you would mobilize your forces to quickly suppress dissent.

Journalists ask no questions. They don’t even try. They don’t want to know and they make this decision apparently with the approval of their editors. The media are happy with the spectacle.

However, this is merely a spectacle, a performance. You are watching an open air theatre play. This spectacle is not about Lukashenko. It is about western media and the fairy tales they will print.

Thomas theorem: if men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.

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Polit-soap opera

My comment on the article Belarus protesters defy Alexander Lukashenko with show of solidarity  by Nick Holdsworth in The Times, 31 August 2020.


This is a polit-soap opera played in slow motion, product of Communist political engineering. There is no independent political life in Belarus. The ‘protests’ are staged and the entire spectacle is a provocation against the outside observers. There is only one political force in Belarus and this is the entire conglomerate of public life firmly controlled by the regime. The fake opposition is a routine exercise by now. It part of the syllabus of a beginner’s course in Communist political technology and proof of dictatorship’s strength. An ABC really. But it is not taught at Oxford or Cambridge.

All these articles about Eastern Europe are written with a byline ‘Communists don’t lie’. Well, they do. As Lenin once said ‘telling the truth is a bourgeois prejudice’.

People in the West try to interpret the script within their own cognitive limits, which inevitably results in a cognitive catastrophe.

And so it goes. At some point there is a fake transition of power, a fake ‘democratisation’ process. Democratizatsiya. And the lie holds until the next upheaval.

Then the cycle begins anew. The reset button is pressed again and the same Communist fairy tale is broadcast all over the media again.

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Total control, many options

My comment on the article Putin has no good options in Belarus by Andrew Foxall in The Telegraph, 25 August 2020.


Lech Borkowski
27 Aug 2020 2:49PM

I see my earlier comment was removed. Interesting.

The Belarus protests are completely phoney. The social control in Communist countries is total and there is no social activity which is not approved by the state. Whatever is not approved, is liquidated quietly before it grows.

Communist policy is carried out through provocations. Lukashenko, Putin, the ‘opposition’ in Belarus are one and the same team. Their disagreements are staged. An old Communist trick.

You can read in yesterday Times:

“Surprisingly, Tikhanovskaya was then accepted as a candidate to go up against Lukashenko.”

This is a clear sign of official approval.

Communist societies are empty of natural social activity. After several decades of a thorough dictatorship the societal fabric is completely destroyed. There is no trust and everyone knows that speaking your mind is a no-no. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. There is no life outside the regime. No one will help you.

It is absurd to take seriously the ‘protest’ at the tractor factory, for example. This kind of action is a variation on the old Bolshevik theme of workers activism. It is one of the last places, where anything independent would be allowed to occur. The control is total.

Communists developed a very advanced political technology, something very poorly understood in the West. Having a complete control of the situation, you can stage arbitrary protests and promote arbitrary political figures, without changing the grip on power.

These ‘protests’ have not revealed absolutely anything. The criticism of the regime by the ‘opposition’ is of a non-essential kind. Even their slogan ‘A Country to Live In’ is absurd. Lukashenko certainly approves of the slogan.

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Self-limiting journalism

My comment on the article Belarus rebels must act while Putin wavers by Roger Boyes in The Times, 26 August 2020.


Mr. Boyes represents self-limiting journalism.

Roger Boyes refers to Solidarity in Poland and calls it a ‘self-limiting’ revolution. This concept is a Communist lie. Communists themselves created fake opposition to their own regime. The key ‘opposition’ figures came from the regime’s core.

One of them, Adam Michnik, is a son of the Soviet agent convicted for acting against the Polish state in the 1930s. None of the western journalists dared to point this out. Key figure in the media.

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a Catholic activist, who was called ‘the first non-Communist Prime Minister’ in 1989-90. He was a three-time member of the Communist ‘parliament’, each time ‘elected’ with more than 95 per cent of the vote. Much better result than Lukashenko.

When the Red Army Choir gave a concert in the Vatican during the celebration of the 26th anniversary of John Paul II’s pontificate on 15 October 2004, nobody in the media asked any questions or expressed surprise. The last song performed encore that evening was “Oka”, the anthem of the Polish First Communist Division formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. There was not a single mention of it in the media.

The ‘free’ trade unions in Poland was a Bolshevik trick and was done on order from the Communist authorities. It was merely a re-run of the old Lenin’s concept. And, yes, it has been done in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk out of respect for Lenin. Such is the gullibility of western journalists, that they will do everything to avoid noticing the lie.

There was not and there is no solidarity in Poland. Solidarity was a lie. My wife and I were liquidated from out state jobs in a perfectly Communist way in 2015. In September 2011, they first launched an incredibly vicious campaign against us at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, where my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska worked, and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where I was employed as an associate professor of physics.

We didn’t back down. We recorded numerous violations of law and human rights. State documents were falsified, including student exam certificates, which we pointed out. We provided the top state authorities, the media, MPs, with detailed information. There was not a single helping hand. Neither from people around us, nor from the state structures or media. We have talked to numerous lawyers. There was not a single lawyer, that would agree to sensibly represent us, despite piles of evidence.

The state authorities forced my wife to see a state-appointed psychologist under the threat of her being fired. She didn’t have much choice. She went to chat with a psychologist, recording the two 40-minutes meaningless conversations. These recordings are now on YouTube. The prosecuting authority falsified the juridical process, when they received information and evidence from us. The falsification was of the most blatant type. Only someone guaranteed full impunity could do this.

Our evidence is also available on our website, some at the ResearchGate portal.

Our family was targeted because my parents opposed Communists and were imprisoned for many years in Communist concentration camps in norther Russia after WWII. I supported my parents’ choices. I was not politically active and I simply wanted to work as a scientist. I have a PhD from the University of Florida, a university much higher classified in world rankings than any of the Polish schools.

Poland is the same dictatorship as before 1990, only it is better camouflaged now. Political pluralism is fake in Poland. This camouflage suffices for journalists such as Boyes. They won’t ask questions, they won’t investigate, even if you provide them with piles of evidence.

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