“I can see the whole room”

Comment on Marc Bennetts’ article ‘Putin’s chef’ to sue woman who accused him of attempted murder in The Times, April 12, 2020.


This does not sound true. The story is a product intended for western consumption, not an authentic representation of reality.

You need to understand that neither the earlier Communist Russia, nor today’s Communist Russia operate on principles indicated in the article.

Lawsuits? Conflicting stories in media outlets? Courts and media outlets belong to one and the same class, the Communist class. Those, who appear in them have already been pre-approved as participants of the narrative. Open conflicts? Only to deceive outsiders. Corruption is a fake story for western consumption. Some corruption? Ok, but not as the dominant problem. No one appears in the media, unless it is approved by the Guardians of the Narrative.

I am very well familiar with similar fake stories from Poland. On the surface they might ring true. Only on the surface. When you start checking their internal consistency, it quickly turns out that a lot of things simply do not make sense.

This article, like many, many others, reminds me of the Roy Lichtenstein’s picture, in which a man looking through a peephole into a dark room, declares “I can see the whole room/ …and there is nobody in it!”

@LechSBorkowski

Truwoman show

Comment on The Countess and the Russian Billionaire review — the 1 per centers who went peak Jeremy Kyle in The Times by Carol Midgley, April 9, 2020


If information available on the Internet is true, Sergei Pugachev comes from a Soviet military family. A career like his would be absolutely impossible without the full support of the Soviet/Russian inner power circle. The 1990s were presented to the outside world as some kind of a Russian ‘wild west’ rush. However, you ought to keep in mind that we are talking about a country where everyone and everything was subordinated to the Communist power collective through decades of terror. Such deep structures of utmost loyalty and fear do not mysteriously disappear.

The private ownership introduced in the 1990s was not so private. Big money was handled by trusted insiders. Private ownership in Russia is not the same as private ownership in the West.

Look at some of the guys who made big careers in Russian business post-1990. There is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, member of Komsomol, the youth organisation of the Communist party. Then there is William Felix Browder, grandson of Earl Browder, the general secretary of Communist Party USA. Both have spectacularly fallen out with the Russian state. However, they would have no chance to achieve anything in the first place, had they not belonged to the inner circle of the most trusted comrades.

It is more likely that these lawsuits and spectacular rows between Putin-led state and the so-called oligarchs are merely a spectacle, a diversion. The aims of the contemporary Russian state vis-a-vis the West are pretty much the same as the aims of the Soviet Union. Russian goals are long-term and the presence of Russian rich functionaries in the West allows to survey, gather information and exert influence without arising suspicion.

Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of two UK newspapers, is a son of a KGB functionary. Some in the British elites see nothing improper to be employed by him or to fly to his parties in Italy:

‘In a brief entry of ministerial interests on the Foreign Office website, Johnson declared he had an “overnight stay” with Lebedev on 28 April, travelling “accompanied by a spouse, family member or friend”.

Johnson did not give any further details of where he had been, who he was with or the reason for the visit – reportedly his fourth to Lebedev’s Italian home in recent years.’

This was 2018. The quote is from article in the Guardian.

They have successfully infiltrated western elites.

And it is in this context that the story shown in the documentary plays out. Alexandra Tolstoy was most likely honey-trapped in a planned operation. The humiliation she was subjected to on the Russian tv show was most likely planned as well.

Open quarrels and lawsuits between so-called oligarchs and the Russian state are most likely only spectacles for western consumption. Everyone knows that there is no life outside the power circle. You either belong, tooth and nail, or you are eliminated. These so-called oligarchs know this perfectly well. They are also not stupid to suddenly start thinking that they can rewrite the code of the Russian state, the code that has been shaped and hardened over decades of terror.

@LechSBorkowski

Communism evolved

My second comment on the article This virus is a shot in the arm for science by David Aaronovitch in The Times, April 1 2020, which I posted today, April 5 2020.


The selection of characters and other elements of the story presented in this article, shows that the article is used as an opportunity to push cultural acceptability and respectability of Communism.

The idea is to present the ideology based on violence and its concomitant multiple methods of inflicting physical and social death to people classified as Other, as synonymous with progress, scientific advance and a positive intellectual adventure.

Both the author and Sir Paul Nurse know the context in which Sputnik appeared. They know that the Sputnik and Soviet military missile program are inseparable as parts of the same whole. They also know about millions of victims of Communism. My uncle Klemens Ostrowski Jr. was tortured by the Soviet henchmen in parallel to the early development of the Soviet space program. He was a young man then. Following torture he lost large part of his consciousness and memory. He was not even able to stand upright. His brain was so severely damaged by torture that he was not able to tell afterwards, where he was held and what has been done to him.

Scientists under Communism were not spared. Educational and scientific institutions were tightly controlled and were weaponised just like everything else.

In mid-1970s my mother’s cousin, an accomplished researcher in semiconductor physics in the Polish Academy of Science was driven out of his laboratory and out of the country. He was a person of integrity and unwilling to bow to ideology and thus the authorities decided to eliminate him.

To point to a by-product of this genocidal system as something positive is absolutely astonishing. And to have it published in the leading British paper is even more so.

I happen to know a great deal about Communist methods of social elimination. They are not thing of the past. My wife Małgorzata Głuchowska and I have been targeted as well. We were expelled from our jobs in 2015. My wife is a pianist and was a piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra in Poland. I was an associate professor of Physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. These methods are alive and well, just like people using them. They deserve careful, critical examination.

Couple of years before being expelled I discovered a group of very interesting dynamic phenomena in driven nonlinear systems. I studied models of resonant neurons. I speculated that the phenomenon of anti-resonance in driven resonant neurons might be useful in explaining e.g. the beneficial effect of Deep Brain Stimulation procedure in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

So in the area of social, political and historical studies, there is plenty to be researched about Communism and its continued, albeit evolved existence.

@LechSBorkowski

Praising Communism one Sputnik at a time

My comment on the article This virus is a shot in the arm for science by David Aaronovitch in The Times, April 1 2020


A veiled praise of Soviet Communism through the praise of Sputnik. As the Soviet post-WWII space program was build on the backs of German scientific and engineering slave labourers, the author should also mention the Nazi leadership and their earlier commitment to their war-time rocket program.

The concern in the current situation is how to save human lives in the fight against the virus. This is 180 degrees opposite to the mindset of Communist leaders who did not care about human lives, as they were busy killing and otherwise eliminating millions of people. I am writing this as a son of parents who were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps. I am also a scientist, like Paul Nurse, referred to in the article. Like him, I come from a modest background. However, needless to say, I do not share his early fascination with Sputnik. Another difference between him and me is the fact, that he can continue his work while I was removed from university in Poland not long ago for political reasons.

There are more appropriate analogies and no shortage of scientific role models. One of them is Marie Curie. Let me quote from the BBC’s website: “The Curie’s research was crucial in the development of x-rays in surgery. During World War One Curie helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, which she herself drove to the front lines. The International Red Cross made her head of its radiological service and she held training courses for medical orderlies and doctors in the new techniques.”

Both now and during World War One, proper testing and diagnosis is of crucial importance. Both situations are new in many ways and both involve designing and manufacturing new equipment to save human lives.

@LechSBorkowski

Krzysztof Penderecki

My comment on Krzysztof Penderecki, avant garde Polish composer and conductor – obituary, in The Telegraph, 29 March 2020.


Lech Borkowski 30 Mar 2020 10:16PM

I see that the comment I posted yesterday was removed. Let me try again with a modified text.

The phrase “Penderecki, a left-wing Catholic” explains it all, if read with a critical dose of understanding. He was nurtured by the Communist regime.

Penderecki’s “Since I became so successful, they tolerate me,” is a lie. He was one of them. It was not tolerance. It was full support. The Communist regime consisted not just of the Communist Party members. People were basically divided into two categories: (1) those, who should live and advance, and (2) those, whose should be eliminated. He was firmly in the first category. There was nothing accidental about making a career in a Communist country. John Paul II, e.i. formerly cardinal Karol Wojtyła of Kraków, was also one of them.

Those “left-wing Catholics” were simply part of the Communist ecosystem, including Catholic associations and parties, all subordinated to the Communist regime.

“Penderecki was appointed professor at Krakow Academy in 1958, becoming rector in 1972”. Professor at 25 years old, rector (university president) at 39? These are the most obvious signs of the privilege and support by the Communist authorities.

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Research

Dana Zatopkova

My comment on Dana Zatopkova obituary, The Times, March 28 2020.


Earlier comments indicate lack of understanding of what Communism is and the extremely important role played by sportsmen and sportswomen as functionaries of Communist regimes. Communism, like Nazism, is a program of ruthless elimination of people classified as the Other. Who belongs to that category depends on ideology and decisions of the managers of terror. The death to the Other is delivered in various forms, social death being the most common, often accompanied by physical death.

Careers in all spheres of life without exception are reserved for those serving the Communist criminal state. Emil Zatopek served that criminal state with dedication. His career flourished.

Winning Olympic medals does not make anyone a hero. You may be a hero and a person worth praising depending on who you are as a person and depending on choices you make.

It is useful to put things in perspective by comparing Emil Zatopek and his wife Dana to Janusz Kusociński, the Polish runner who won the gold medal in the 10k race at the Olympics of 1932 in Los Angeles.

After the German aggression on Poland in September 1939 Kusociński participated in the defense of Warsaw and was wounded twice. When the German occupation began, he quickly joined an underground military resistance organisation Wilki, the Wolves in English. This was one of the first underground organisations in occupied Poland, perhaps even the first one. It was founded in September and October 1939. As a result of denunciation, Kusociński was arrested by German Gestapo in March 1940, imprisoned and tortured. He was executed by the Nazis on June 21 1940 in Palmiry in a forest west of Warsaw.

When Kusociński joined the resistance, the Communist Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany, having participated in the aggression on Poland in September 1939. Zatopek himself was a Communist and joined the Communist army after WWII. He also signed a despicable public letter condemning Milada Horakova, Czech female lawyer who was a member of underground resistance under the Nazi occupation and active in the politics after WWII. She was falsely accused by the Communists of a plot to overthrow the Communist regime and was executed by hanging.

My wife’s grandfather, Aleksander Głuchowski, was not a sportsman. He was a violinist and an officer of the Polish army in 1939. At about the time when Kusociński was executed by the Nazis, Aleksander was a POW in the Soviet Union in the infamous Kozelsk monastery, where several thousands of Polish officers were held earlier before being transported by train to an execution site in Katyń in western Russia. Aleksander was lucky to get out alive from the Soviet Union, and fought later in the Polish forces on the western front. When he returned to Poland in 1947, he was immediately arrested by the Communist secret police and imprisoned. He died in 1952, not long after his release from prison, at the age of 45. 1952 was also the year of the Olympic games in Helsinki, where Dana Zatopkova won gold and Emil Zatopek won three gold medals.

In 1952 my parents and other family members were starving and fighting for survival in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union.

This obituary is nothing but a pro-Communist cleansing of memory.

@LechSBorkowski

The Clueless and the Mythmakers

Book review. Comments on The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War by Archie Brown review by Dominic Sandbrook, March 22 2020.


Ah, the Clueless and the Mythmakers, in other words Russian and East European Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

John Paul II was Communist collaborator.


John Lewis Gaddis is wrong. John Paul II celebrated the 26th anniversary of his pontificate on October 15, 2004 with a performance of the Red Army Choir specially invited to the Vatican for this occasion. The concert was broadcast to Italy and Russia. The last song that evening, performed as encore, was Oka, the anthem of the Polish Communist troops formed in the Soviet Union in 1943.

The views of some of the leading historians are hopelessly naive.

Communists took over full control over the Catholic church in Eastern Europe and the Vatican happily played along. There was no chance for an anticommunist priest to rise through the ranks of the church hierarchy. Just see what happened to the Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty. He was stripped of his cardinal title by the pope Paul VI for staunchly resisting Communist takeover of the church in Hungary. This decision has not been reversed by John Paul II.

There is also plenty of other evidence, also from everyday life, that conclusions reached in the hallways of University of Oxford or Yale University are simply wrong.


Communist ideology and its practical implementation in many countries are radically different from the western experience. Describing and interpreting it is a cognitive challenge. Looking for truth in the minutes of the Politburo meetings will not get you very far. You may just as well read Pravda.

Communism did not collapse and the Cold War has not been won by the West. If you think you have won but do not understand how it exactly happened, you are in serious trouble.

@LechSBorkowski

Communist brutality in Poland

Comment on The Times article We can’t ignore Turkey’s war on free speech by Hannah Lucinda Smith, March 18, 2020.


While I personally cannot add anything to the picture of the freedom of speech or human rights in Turkey, I would like to provide some information on violations of these rights in the European Union, in the country of Poland.

My wife and I were simultaneously fired from our state jobs in Poland for political reasons in 2015. The action against my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska, a pianist and piano teacher, involved fabricating fake statement signed by a psychologist, that due to some unspecified delusions my wife could not continue in her job in Zielona Góra, Poland, despite being the most successful pianist in the school. We have provided the state authorities with transcripts of two approximately 40-minutes meetings of MG with the psychologist (ordered under the threat of being fired from the job.

Earlier, we have addressed many texts to various Polish authorities, taking an active stance on some key issues. It quickly turned out that our rights declared theoretically in the country’s constitution and the EU’s documents are purely imaginary. The campaign against us was absolutely vicious. It was based on a typical Communist modus operandi.

We have provided top Polish authorities, including the Prime Ministers and Prosecutor General, as well as numerous European Parliament Members, with information about our case. No one asked for more details. No one wanted to know more, MEPs being no exception.

There is certainly an appetite and support for actions reinforcing pre-existing stereotypes and biases. There is, however, no appetite and no desire to act in cases contradicting the dominant mythology.

It seems therefore that violating freedom of speech and human rights is all right if you are a member of the EU, but not if you are outside. So while you continue to point and wag your finger at countries outside Europe, don’t forget the savagery and brutality in some of the Communist countries in the EU.

@LechSBorkowski

Russia’s orbit

Article Putin grabs rule for life in ‘biggest con of the century’ in The Times by Marc Bennetts, March 15 2020. Here is my comment.


All quiet on the Eastern Front?

This article, like many others of this type, simply tells the story as the Russian power machine wants it to be told. All the usual suspects are in their usual places. There is the omnipotent ruler, his supporters, unverifiable data of a meaningless poll, some completely insignificant details, a small band of protesters, a meaningless slogan. What have we learned from the article? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This type of writing is based on the premise that the same basic principles can be applied to the description of reality in Russia as in the countries of the West, completely ignoring the devastating effect of the last hundred years in Russia. The Russian state has been catapulted by the bloody 1917 revolution and its genocidal consequences into a completely different geopolitical orbit. The rocket of Communist terror and mass murder lifted the population into a different part of sociopolitical space.

The political system exists only as a spectacle, a shop window, where decorations are changed from time to time, mannequins are moved around. This kind of journalism relates the motions seen through the shop window, nothing else. As a source of understanding anything significant about Russia, it is useless, although I do not consider the article’s author dimwitted, not at all.

@LechSBorkowski

False obituary

My comment on the obituary of the former First Secretary of the Communist party in Poland, Stanislaw Kania, Polish leader who saw off the threat of a Soviet invasion – obituary, The Telegraph, 10 March 2020.


 

Lech Borkowski   11 Mar 2020 7:55AM

This text is full of nonsense. The Solidarity trade union was created by the Communists themselves. Part of contemporary Communist mythology. There were many fake ‘movements’. This is one of many. All this hardliners vs. moderates is crap because it is pushing the false narrative prepared by the Communists.

This obituary is simply an attempt to further peddle the fake interpretation.

There were only cosmetic changes in Poland. Change of decorations. My wife and I were fired from our jobs in state institutions in 2015 after a long and vicious campaign. We were fired for political reasons. If things have changed so much in Poland, why they have remained the same?

My father deserted from the Communist army in January 1945, together with a large group of others. I fully approve of his decision. That’s the reason for actions against my family. Also our daughter was targeted in her school.

Communists re-branded themselves and simulate capitalism and democracy, but this is the same criminal organisation.The same criminal state. The same organised social violence.

@LechSBorkowski
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