Ally de jure, enemy de facto

Comment on The Times article We led the war effort, say British — others disagree by Lucy Fisher, May 8, 2020

The poll is asking the wrong questions.

The UK and the US allied with one of the two genocidal regimes in Europe against the other one. Collectively, they succeeded in defeating one enemy, while the other enemy expanded its occupation zone, gained international recognition and the ability to control the newly formed United Nations. That must be called for what it is: a failure. The war against Germany was won, but the war against the Soviet Union was lost.

The need for a myth of fighting a good war, being heroic and making all the right choices is tempting to all nations. The truth is more prosaic. The desire to create a myth and hold on to it may be understandable in the years immediately after the conflict, when the wounds, sacrifices and the loss of the loved ones is so palpable. However, as the years go by, one would hope for a more intelligent analysis.

The western Allies won the war against the Germany and Japan only, while losing it to the Soviet Union. Soviet Union won the war against everyone else. British and American governments deceived themselves and their citizens about USSR suddenly becoming their ally, when it was not.

Soviet Union was an ally de jure, i.e. on paper only, but not the facto. The inability to properly process these basic facts, was a self-inflicted wound.

The West tries desperately to cling to the binary logic, good guys vs the bad guys, although ever since 1917 this approach continued to fail. The situation has changed. The rise of the Communist state in Russia using different logic and different methods, a widespread terror and increasingly more sophisticated genocidal techniques, was an intellectual challenge, which the West, taken collectively, miserably failed to meet.

Antony Beevor wrote a very sensible comment in The Telegraph yesterday: “75 years on, have we got the Second World War all wrong after all?”

Indeed, you have.


Soviets tortured Poles in Brześć (Brest) in 1945

Comment following The Times article Airman held hostage by the Soviets missed VE Day celebrations by Mark Bridge, 8 May 2020.

Bolesław Borkowski, document from Communist concentration camp, page 1, 1954 concentration
Bolesław Borkowski, document from Communist concentration camp, 1954, page 1

On this day 75 years ago, my father Bolesław Borkowski was imprisoned by the Soviet NKVD in the citadel in Brześć (Brest) on the river Bug. The Soviets tortured Polish prisoners. At night, those sitting in the cells heard the cries of the tortured ones. The cells were terribly overcrowded, filthy, with puddles of standing water. The overcrowding was such that they had to take turns sleeping, while sitting on the floor.

My father avoided the torture only because he had the guts to stand up to the interrogator and threaten him if he came closer. As the interrogator tried to get up from his seat, my father immediately told him to sit down, telling “Sit down. If you only try to touch me, I will not be responsible for my reaction. You are worse than the Nazis”.

He was desperate, determined and ready to fight and lose his life right there on the spot. A bit of luck helped as well, as the interrogator was alone with my father at that moment. The torture was usually conducted with one or more other NKVD men in the room.

My father was later sent to a Soviet concentration camp in northern Russia, in the Arkhangelsk area, where he remained from 1945 to 1954. He spent further two years in exile in the area. He was lucky to survive.

He met my mother in the camp. She and several other members of her family were imprisoned by the Soviets after WWII. My mother was imprisoned from 1949 to 1956. The trauma was enormous. For her the war that started in 1939, when their area was occupied by the Soviet Union, never ended.

My wife’s grandfather Aleksander Głuchowski fought with the Polish army in Italy. When he returned from the UK to Poland in 1947, he was immediately imprisoned by the Communists. He died in 1952 at the age of 45. His wife remained in Poland with their little son. She died in 1945, right after the war ended.


Pugachev and Putin are voices of one Soviet choir

Short comment on The inside story of how Putin and his KGB cronies took control of Russia, an article by Catherine Belton in the Sunday Times, March 29, 2020, which is based on her book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West.

Let me quote first:

In the rush to help install Putin, though, Pugachev had ignored warnings that appointing someone from the KGB was “to enter a vicious circle”.

Those who believed they were working to introduce a free market and democracy had underestimated the enduring power of the security men.

“This is the tragedy of Russia,” said Pugachev.

Pugachev comes from a Soviet military family. There is not much difference between the KGB and the Soviet military. This quote shows that Pugachev tries to present a false narrative. He got to a very good start in the 1990s because he is coming from the inner circles of the Soviet power.


Philippe Sands silent on general Rudenko

Short comment on The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive by Philippe Sands review by Dominic Sandbrook, The Times, April 12, 2020.

I read Philippe Sands’ East West Street. I was unpleasantly surprised that he chose to completely ignore the problem with the Soviet presence at the Nuremberg trial. He spent time criticising Rafael Lemkin’s approach to the enormous crimes while at the same time seeing nothing wrong with the Soviet presence at Nuremberg. The head of the Soviet team was general Roman Rudenko, a criminal himself, guilty of crimes against humanity.

His writing has many strengths but also some very significant weaknesses.

I won’t go into detail, because this review is about a different book. So, this is just my remark on the margins.


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.


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.


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.


Communists celebrate Stalin’s anniversary

My two comments published today, following Marc Bennetts’ article Stalin’s death liberated us, say activists in The Times, March 6 2020.

Note the profound difference between the treatment of Nazi and Communist genocides on the pages of The Times. This includes readers’ comments.

I am Polish. My parents were held in Communist concentration camps in northern Russia for many years and I am obliged to point this out.

Millions of Communists participated. And they still do. This system of violence has not gone away. The idea of the camp is alive and well also today, The camp has not withered away. It thrives.


The article is misleading. Just look at some of the keywords:

firework display
to celebrate the anniversary
national holiday
national holiday of liberation
very beautiful
It was the right thing to do
firework show
“openly voice their opinions”
the period of mass repressions, when so many innocent people died – note the euphemisms

The event in Yekaterinburg is in fact a celebration of Stalin and a celebration of the Communist genocide. It is disguised a bit but it is a celebration nevertheless. Death of Stalin was no liberation. The very existence of the Soviet Union meant enslavement and terror.

The Times uncritically transmits these lies to a wider public in the West.

Now, a glance at the categories the article was classified into. Where do the murdered millions fit in? Ah, it must be ‘global politics’.


Eliminating victims of Communism

Comment about Tom Parfitt’s article in The Times, The family that tells Russia’s story from Stalin to Putin, dated March 2, 2020, although made available on March 1.

The millions of victims of Communism are now being killed for the second time. Today they are eliminated from the pages of The Times. The focus is on the people at the heart of the Soviet genocidal regime. No word about responsibility for the genocide.

You could write similar piece about a German family at the heart of Nazi power, some of whom express different views now. Many of them were educated, intelligent, cultured, caring, though not caring about all people.

If the article reveals anything, it is The Times’ contempt for the victims of Communism.


Invisible Hand

Ben MacIntyre’s piece in The Times, February 29 2020, Putin’s spies are pulp fiction characters. Here is my comment.

In 1968, at about the same time as the Soviet series, similar story was filmed and released as series on Polish Communist tv. It is about an agent of Polish Communist underground infiltrating the war-time Abwehr, German military intelligence in occupied Poland.

One should remember that this was the time, when children of the first generation of post-war Communists were growing up and this series provided them with a role model.

At about that time, or just a couple of years later, there was a weekly slot introducing to intelligence activities in the Sunday morning children tv show. It was called Invisible Hand, Niewidzialna Ręka.

Communist military intelligence continues to be of key importance in Poland. One of them is a high-profile internationally active politician, a graduate of Oxford. See my tweets of Feb 12 and Dec 19 2019.


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