My comment on the article Piecing Together the History of Stasi Spying by Annalisa Quinn and Mustafah Abdulaziz in The New York Times 11 August 2021. It is highly significant that the comment coming from a person targeted by Communists for elimination has been rejected by the NY Times.
Lech Borkowski, London, UK
Methods used in East Germany, such as die Zersetzung, i.e. a subversion and sabotage of all spheres of one’s life were in widespread use in the entire Communist bloc.
I am coming from a family of Polish prisoners of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia after WWII. Contrary to popular belief, Communist methods, surveillance and social sabotage, are perfectly well in Poland today. NYT and other media isolate their readers from the evidence. My wife and I were expelled from state institutions in 2015 after long and extremely vicious state-sponsored campaign. Polish authorities declared, Soviet-style. that my wife is incapable of performing her job of the piano teacher despite being the best piano teacher of the school.
Unreliable narrators, such as Timothy Garton Ash quoted in the article, painted a fairy tale picture of the end of Communism. This is not true.
Reporting from Poland, for example, he never mentioned that his friend Adam Michnik, a leading activist of the so-called ‘democratic opposition’ in the 1980s was in fact a member of the Communist elite. His parents were high-ranking members of the Communist hard core in Poland, activists of the Communist Party of Western Ukraine, Stalin’s agents. His half-brother was a Communist military judge issuing death sentences to anti-Communist resistance members. This is just one example, there are plenty of others.
‘President Lukashenko is often called Europe’s last Communist dictator. We now know how accurate a description that is’
Not really. Belarus, like any other Communist country is a dictatorship of a criminal collective. It is sometimes mistakenly presented as a one-man rule.
Belarus ‘opposition’ to Lukashenka is fake. There is no social capital and no trust to engage in any action against the regime. This opposition is manufactured by the regime itself. No one in the media seems to know or remember about the operation Trust(*) and other similar provocations.
Communists are not stupid despite sometimes being presented as such. They spew fake stories as easily as they breathe. This is a much more advanced form of lying than a typical westerner could imagine. Communist political technology is not a subject of studies at universities. Every report is accepted without even a trace of critical analysis.
Their idea is to engineer a ‘velvet revolution’ to make a transition to the next stage of dictatorship, which would be masked as a democracy. Useful idiots from the West will throw at them billions in help money.
This has been done before in Poland and other East European countries. It went very well. So much has changed in Poland, that the ruling class remained exactly the same, only labels and superficial rhetoric were swapped, but this is no problem for professional liars. Communist party members are in the European Parliament and everywhere else in international and national power structures. They lecture others on democracy and human rights.
On the other hand, my wife and I, descendants of prisoners of Communist prisons and concentration camps have been fired from state institutions in 2015 in a long and extremely vicious campaign against our family. We have let everyone know about the atrocities against us. Everyone knows: MPs, members of governments, church hierarchy, media. Everyone keeps silent. What kind of solidarity is binding them? It is the solidarity of the perpetrators. They weren’t freedom fighters. They are perpetrators.
It is no different in Belarus, which is thoroughly controlled and cleansed of any independent social activity. Just like in Poland, they can fabricate any fake movement and organisation.
They are using Telegram, a dodgy encryption service run by a Russian group from Dubai. This Russian group has been presented as being, again, in opposition to the Kremlin, which is not true. If I were an underground activist, the last thing I would trust would be a dodgy Russian encryption app, where messages are read by the Russian state.
I have not heard or read a single original thing about the Belarus ‘opposition’. There is some non-essential criticism and some choreography. Enough to fool westerners.
The confusion about East European members of the EU stems from incorrect examination and interpretation of post-WWII history and politics in EE countries. The alleged collapse of Communism was not what it was advertised to be. It was a merely a reorganisation of the totalitarian state, not the collapse of it. It was organised by the Communists themselves who controlled every bit of the process and continue to run, this time disguised as competing parties. These lies are pretty obvious. Growing up and going to school and university in 1970s and 1980s I have not seen any real resistance to Communism around for miles, apart from occasional minor complaints.
My parents were long-time prisoners of Communist concentration camps in Russia after WWII. We were always hostile to Communism and never changed. To properly answer the question whether there was a democratic transition in Poland, you need to look at someone like me. I managed to leave to the US at the end of 1980s for a doctoral study in physics. I returned to Poland in 1995 and got a job at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. It turned out quickly that things remained the same. I was excluded from normal teaching activitivies consistent with my degree. I was shunned, harassed and humiliated. I had to come to work with my own private laptop. They wanted to enslave me or make me quit on my own, ideally first to exploit my knowledge and skills and then get rid of. An extremely vicious campaign was organised by the state authorities against our family and eventually my pianist wife Małgorzata Głuchowska and I were expelled from our workplaces in state institutions in 2015. It was an extremely brutal, sadistic campaign.
Interpretations in the media are formulated within the framework typical of western European states. This is simply wrong. Politics in Poland is conducted in a provocation mode. This means that issues publicised in the media are engineered and fully controlled by the ruling class.
The author is trying to push fairy tales, having no knowledge and experience of the educational system in Poland.
“The children of middle-class people in our town go to technical schools,” says Anne Applebaum, an American historian married to a Polish politician. “There’s no shame in it.”
A. Applebaum is an unreliable narrator. She sent her sons to Eton. She is married to Radek Sikorski, a politician tied to Communist military intelligence. He was arranged an entry to U. of Oxford by Zbigniew Pełczyński, an Oxford don. ZP was later awarded the Order of the White Eagle in Poland for his services to the Polish (Communist) ruling class.
I have a PhD in Physics from the University of Florida in US. My parents were prisoners of Communist concentration camps. I am married to Małgorzata Głuchowska, academy-educated excellent pianist and piano teacher, granddaughter of Aleksander Głuchowski, who was prisoner of Soviet camps in 1940-41, later fought with the Allies on the western front and was imprisoned by Communists again, upon return to Poland in 1947. I was the only faculty member at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań with a western PhD. I was denied normal participation in teaching duties, being sidelined to teaching computer-related courses. I had to bring my own laptop to work. They wouldn’t buy me one. I was bullied, harassed, humiliated.
Our daughter was attacked in her elementary school in a coordinated campaign. My wife and I were fired in 2015.
Correction: Pełczyński was awarded the order of Polonia Restituta in 2014, second-highest civilian order in Poland.
My second comment.
‘Poland is now nearly three-quarters as rich as Britain […] if recent trends persist, Poland will be more prosperous than Britain by 2030.’
3/4 as rich? Nonsense. No, it won’t. Position of power, privilege, and well-paying job are distributed by the same ruling class, as before 1990, next generation. Statistics can be manipulated at will.
The author praised the educational system. People controlling this system make sure that power remains in the hands of the same ruling class. Grades were falsified at the university, where I worked. Law was broken at exams at the school of music, where my pianist wife was employed. Our daughter was targeted in schools and treated with contempt. University authorities systematically sabotaged my attempts at equal treatment of all students in a manner similar to western universities. They made the point of applying pressure to raise grades of selected students. Sometimes they cancelled my class without notifying me.
The procedure of my professional advance was sabotaged as well. It was delayed, procedural traps were set up . The law was violated and nobody cared. Poland is a lawless country.
Falsehoods and lies are part and parcel of the system. Rules and honesty are nonexistent. This was demonstrated to me countless times. Ethical standards and social norms are broken whenever they stand in the way of the ruling class.
These articles are written by people who don’t bother to ask critical questions and suffer from short attention span. Eastern Europe’s politics is a pyramid of lies painstakingly built over decades. It is not politics, it is virtual politics. The entire ‘transition to democracy’ was faked.
The concept of law remained pretty much meaningless just as it was before 1990. There is nothing to get excited about when a court ruling is reported. It is only an element of a performance. The important things occur away from this scene.
15 Jul 2021 2:14PM
‘Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, a right-wing populist and eurosceptic movement, has clashed with Brussels for years over the hugely contentious reforms.’
These reforms don’t change anything. Ever since 1945 Poland was a hotbed of ‘reforms’ whose aim was to fool outsiders. The rhetoric and decorations change from time to time but these are fictional moves for the purpose of narrative control. The ruling class is exactly the same as before 1990 and labels such as ‘right-wing populist’ are meaningless. People running the show recruit from the Communist ruling class. Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Law of Justice, comes from a family privlleged and highly trusted by the Communists. I haven’t heard anything sensible and ground-breaking from this guy ever. They just mumble slogans to control the narrative and feed reporters who will duly repeat those words to unsuspecting western audience. There is absolutely no conflict between Law and Justice and any judges. The entire judiciary functions in exactly the same way as before 1990. They are the same people and fractions withing the judicial body are purely fictional. The same goes for the executive branch and the fake parliament. The entire country functions as before 1990.
I am coming from a family heavily persecuted by the Communists. My parents were imprisoned for many years in Communist concentration camps in northern Russia after WWII. Their families’ farms have been confiscated. When I returned to Poland in 1995 after obtaining my PhD in United States, I was employed at a university but closely watched, harassed and prevented from participating in normal teaching duties compatible with my degree. I even had to come to work with my own laptop because the university wouldn’t buy me one. The aim was to make me quit so that they could claim that it was my own decision. However, I dug my heels in and my continued presence has become more and more inconvenient, as I could watch how the thugs with titles run their university, lying and falsifying all the way.
‘Warsaw has argued that the reforms will tackle corruption and root out Communist-era judges, but critics say the true purpose is to undermine the role of EU law and open the door to Poland quitting the EU.’
The alleged corruption is a smokescreen.
‘Human rights groups are also concerned that the reforms would undermine the independence of the Polish judiciary as they could allow the government to expel judges on political grounds.’
Those ‘human rights groups’ are fake. They won’t defend human rights against the ruling class. My wife and I were fired from state institutions in 2015. Our family has been targeted for many years and the Communists, yes, Communists 2.0 (they rebranded themselves into several different labels) couldn’t tolerate us exposing their lies, the mechanisms of their power structure and the fiction of the political system. We wrote many letters to top authorities, including PM, President, MPs, media. There was not a single sensible reply, only progressive turns of the screw and increased harassment. As we wrote in one of our letters, Poland is not a country of pluralism but of plurality of lies. There was absolutely no difference when government changed. The harassment and atrocities continued.
Polish authorities fabricated false document proclaiming my pianist wife’s alleged inability to teach piano in Zielona Góra State School of Music. She was accused of unspecified delusions in a statement signed by a state-licensed psychologist. Privet, comrades, welcome to the Soviet Union of Poland!
We have published our documents and those fabricated by the Polish authorities on our website: https://lsborkowski.com/pol/. You can see there the entire documentation fabricated by the authorities. Western media prefer to remain blind.
So, the real story is ours, theirs is only a diversion.
21 Jul 2021 11:17AM
The proper way to think about it is to understand that political competition in Poland is fake. Having captured power after WWII Communists took full control of state institutions and Catholic church from inside. They sponsored and fully controlled religious associations. They also sponsored well-known pre-WWII radical nationalist and practically fascist Bolesław Piasecki. They made him lead the Christian PAX association, which published books, a newspaper, and led business activity as well. He was made member of Communist ‘Parliament’ and member of the Council of State, a collective presidency of sorts.
Instead of liquidating institutions and associations they fully controlled them, They understood that this gives them greater influence and greatly increases possibilities to manipulate the public narrative. They hysteric anti-Semitic campaign of 1968 was planned and organised by Communists themselves.
The ‘democratic opposition’ to Communism of the 1970s and 1980s was also the work of Communists, with children of some elite Communists playing the leading roles. Ditto Solidarity trade union. In a country where no authentic dissent is possible, only the appointed fake dissentedrs could be really active.
I participated in a student occupation of university buildings in 1981. This was couple of weeks long nationwide student strike. I saw the fakery of the enterprise from inside.
Post-1990, this was continued into developing fake democratic structures of the state.
In Poland, any kind of political action can be quickly organised, complete with street demonstrations, slogans, and the entire choreography. This is bread and butter for the Communist political technologists in Poland. Of course, these days they don’t use the C label.
If they think they need to create a new political movement or party, they can do it in a couple of weeks time, complete with regional structures, and a national convention with of thousand delegates in Warsaw.
I was a member of PiS (Law and Justice) between 2008 and 2010. The party was bogus, without any activity, with dull fully scripted meetings, typical of a Communist party. There was only a facade of slogans.
As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I come from a family whose several members were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in Russia after WWII, whose property was confiscated, and who were later targeted and harassed in various ways. Continutiation of this persecution against me, my wife and our daughter in present-day Poland shows that the so-called ‘democratic transition’ of 1989-90 was completely fake. We have documented violations of law and human rights against our family in numerous letters to the government, the president, hundreds of MPs, church leaders, media. There was absolutely no response. Government ministers and PMs (four in total) received detailed information and protected perpetrators and their lawless acts.
The police and the prosecuting authority did the same.
Perhaps the best illustration of this lawlessness is the action to remove my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska, the best piano teacher of Zielona Góra State School of Music, from her job in 2015. The state authorities used the Regional Centre of Occupational Medicine. Following the rule imposed by the Communists, each employee in Poland is subject to compulsory periodic health checks. In her case, they fabricated a false statement proclaiming she couldn’t do her job anymore for unspecified health reasons. My wife’s students won numerous awards at national and international piano competitions. Some of them continued studies in academies of music to become professional pianists. This is typical of genocidal regimes.
I was simultaneously fired from Adam Mickiewicz University after nearly two decades of harassment, bullying, and various forms of humiliation.
And this shows you the truth about Poland, not the silly manoeuvres broadcast on tv. Those are only deceptive moves.
In Poland and Hungary Communists seized power at the end of WWII and never gave it up. They wiped out any pockets of resistance to the dictatorship within the first few years.
Having done that, they realised a unique opportunity to fully control, shape, manipulate, and falsify the past, the present, and the future.
East European totalitarianism evolved over decades. This is the case of dynamic dictatorship, not a static one.
Having eliminated any real opposition to its rule, they decided to create a fake opposition recruiting from within the ranks of the ruling class. Children of the Communist elite and their most loyal servants formed fake dissident groups. No form of such resistance would be tolerated by the Communists unless it was given their own seal of approval. It is mind boggling that western reporters have not questioned these issues.
Timothy Garton Ash, who began his career reporting from Eastern Europe, didn’t bother to explain in his reports and books that his East Europeans friends led privileged and sheltered lives. That their family members were staunch Communists.
The claim that changes of 1989-90 was a ‘velvet revolution’ is obviously a lie. It was not a velvet revolution. It was a fully staged and managed fake transition, something well practiced in the Communist world. The same Communist iron fist is now masked by a velvet glove. However, this fist has the same ability to choke and strangle, something my wife and I know very well.
‘The latter is likely to anger former Soviet states like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which say they were occupied by the Red Army and then coerced into joining the Soviet Union against their will.’
The Times follows the Communist narrative, which avoids any mention of occupation of Poland by Soviet Russia. The phrase ‘coerced into joining … against their will’ is awkwardly euphemistic. We are talking here about murder, torture, concentration camps. The use of ‘former Soviet states’ is inappropriate. They didn’t have any sovereignty.
Note also the following:
‘In response, Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, called Putin a liar.’
This is a non-essential criticism from Polish PM. By calling Putin a liar Morawiecki avoided giving proper response, which would be to recall the Communist terror unleashed against Polish citizens, such as my family members, in eastern Poland occupied by Soviet Russia. Contemporary Polish ruling class follows unmistakably the same Communist narrative, in which eastern Poland and its citizens are to be erased.
Viktor Orban is a most loyal pupil of the Communist regime. He was the leader of the Communist Pioneers organisation in high school. Only the most trusted ones coming from a ‘proper’ background were chosen for this function. He allegedly underwent a transformation while in the army, before university.
For those familiar with realities of life under Communism Orban is a typical representative of the most privileged circle. Many of them were selected to play the role of a fake opposition to Communism. The same game was played in Poland, where many children of the hard core Communists were assigned roles of ‘dissidents’. Dissident is a largely Communists’ own creation. There was simply no way to oppose the system, in which nobody would lift a finger to help you. You were alone.
It is a longer story, how the West believed the dissidents were the real deal.
Appropriating someone’s names and ideas, including conservative ones, in the way presented in the article is nothing surprising in Eastern Europe. Polish university, from which I was expelled in 2015 for political reasons was named in the 1950s after a great Polish 19th century poet Adam Mickiewicz, a great humanist, who was a figure of an exactly opposite kind to the Communist folk.
I was fired from a university in Poland in 2015. A Wikipedia page with my name was created one day before delivery of the letter terminating my employment. I received an email from someone informing about the Wikipedia page. I objected to it but the page was created. To mask the fact that this action was directed against me, a whole set of Wikipedia pages, nearly one hundred of them, were created for all faculty members of the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The information was basically a copy of the most mundane information from departmental web pages. It was an obvious violation of Wikipedia rules. Part of campaign of harassment and stalking, which was here not only institutionalised but also wikipedialised. Yet, when I let member of the Wikipedia board know about it, he ignored the problem.
Wikipedia is a social medium. Any sufficiently strong group can control large parts of it. Control of entries written in less popular languages is illusory. Branches of Wikipedia in different languages reflect power structures within those languages. Wikipedia is just another tool to shape historical and political narratives.
There is no mention of the invasion of Poland in 1939 in the @Wikipedia ‘Soviet Border Troops’ entry. Nothing about killings and terror. Note the vague language: ‘the Border Troops assisted the pacification of the newly acquired Soviet territory adjoining the state border.’ pic.twitter.com/dL6mWK8HLA
The Belarussian ‘opposition’ tv channel Nexta uses the Telegram app provided by a group of Russians from Sankt Petersburg/Leningrad. Telegram is advertised as a safer, encrypted method of communication. They operate their company from Dubai now. Russia is gradually expanding their control of the Internet. Those signing up to use Telegram voluntarily submit their personal details and their communications to the Russian state.
@Nexta_tv’s last post on Twitter was in January 2021. Nexta’s Twitter accounts direct users to their Telegram accounts instead. You need to sign up to Telegram to view Nexta. This kind of members-only strictly controlled environment is typical of the Communist modus operandi, in which control of content and access to it is key. In other words, it is a strict surveillance.
Nexta’s founder, Stsiapan Putsila is a member of the Belarussian privileged class and is a son of a tv sports presenter. I couldn’t find Putsila’s Twitter account. He probably doesn’t have one.
The material posted by Belarus ‘opposition’ on freely available media is mostly of theatrical nature. I don’t see any substance in it. I am coming from a family of prisoners of Communist concentration camps and I know a few things about state terror and how to distinguish authentic repression from a fake one.
Western media and analysts go hysterical about a bit of shouting and pushing. This is a result of a century of cognitive neglect. Bits of reality which do not fit their preferred mode of thinking are thrown out the window.
Yesterday, I posted a similar comment under The Times article but it was later removed by the paper. You can read it here: