Western observers completely lost the plot in Eastern Europe. In Poland, for example, the ruling class remained exactly the same as before 1990. The alleged ‘nationalists’ as a political force are a fabrication. The pre-WWII fabric of the Polish society has been irrevocably destroyed. What you have got, is Communist ruling class doing virtual politics. Politics is completely fake in Poland.
Politics and the entire public life in Poland has not returned to authenticity. What you took for the democratic transition was merely a theatre play. Poland is an evolved Communist regime, where different fake political forces are manufactured, depending on circumstances.
The Catholic church got firmly under Communist control in the first years after WWII. The Polish pope John Paul II was a Communist delegate in the Vatican. You have been told lots of fairy tales.
The last song of the concert was Oka, the anthem of the Polish Communist 1st Division formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. Presented merely as a "Polish song", a gift for John Paul II from the Red Army Choir. Vatican 15 Oct 2004 pic.twitter.com/9Z43Xq4dzy
My parents were long time prisoners of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia post-WWII. My father deserted from the Communist army in 1945 before the oath was taken. The Soviet Communists were killing members of the Polish WWII resistance.
My mother was imprisoned in the camps from 1949 to 1956 for resisting the Communist occupation of Eastern Poland and helping the Polish resistance. Her brother was very cruelly tortured.
I am very proud of my parents.
The fall of Communism in Poland was fake. It was a theatre play to fool people like you.
Navalny is one of many Russia’s state-run projects. He is clearly a member of the Russian privileged class. This spectacle is a creation of political technologists. Engaging in it is a waste time. They don’t teach Communist techniques of provocation and narrative control at UK universities, do they?
I have not seen any mention of the Communist genocide in this context. Corruption is a problem but genocide isn’t? I haven’t noticed anyone protesting against town names such as Dzerzhinsk or street names such Dzerzhinsky Street or Dzerzhinsky Prospekt.
Corruption is a nonessential criticism in Russia. It is a useful diversion.
What about those millions murdered, expelled and terrorised? Communist genocidal policies are continued in Eastern Europe, including EU and NATO members.
I have an obligation to point this out as a son of Polish survivors of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia.
It isn’t about the man in the Kremlin either. Russians and other East Europeans successfully trained West Europeans to follow the fake narrative. It is as if Communism has never existed and from extremes of collectivism Russia, Belarus, Poland moved into extremes of a one man rule (Kaczynski in Poland ruling allegedly from the back seat). This is nonsense of course.
These protests are staged. You just don’t understand. You have been told the wrong story.
This comment was removed by the newspaper staff. Later that day I posted another comment including the removed text.
Around 3:30 pm I posted a comment which was removed. I am not sure on what grounds? I am posting it again minus a web link.
I find it quite symbolic that opinion expressed by a son of survivors of Soviet Communist concentration camps is eliminated. My short text above is not a casual remark. It is based on experience and long-term analysis of public narratives in Eastern Europe. I doubt there is anyone with similar family connections among The Telegraph staff and experience similar to mine.
Uniformity of opinion and interpretation is not necessarily a sign of correctness.
Promoting corruption as the main issue in Russia has obvious benefits to the ruling class and Russia in general. It is a safe subject and a universal problem encountered in varying proportions around the world. Communist political technologists understood long time ago that it is far better to engineer an issue rather than wait until one appears spontaneously and grows out of control. Anti-corruption campaign is a nonessential criticism. Russia’s power structures and loyalties are built on Communist foundations and terror. The issue of corruption, whether real or imagined, is a useful diversion. Had Navalny been an independent person, he would be eliminated very early on and you would never have heard about him. The personnel and appropriate techniques can be deployed at any time, without resorting to poison. Instead, the cycles of arrest-release-rearrest are carried out by the Russian state mainly to stimulate interest in the spectacle.
“a wonderful, freewheeling, ultra-mobile 30-year affair that started with the downfall of communism in 1989 has come to a screeching end.”
Communism has not collapsed. Being on the receiving end of the stick, I know this first-hand. You have seriously underestimated the Communists and their creativity in pushing the fake narrative. EU is their paradise. Communist party members and their subordinates are in the European Parliament and European Commission. Communist methods deployed on the ground.
Communist celebrities visiting top world universities. The need for self-deception is as high as ever.
Navalny is Russia’s state-run project. Anti-corruption campaigns belong to the category of non-essential criticism. They do not reveal anything substantial. This is Russia’s way of saying ‘we are just like you, comrades, we just have more of it’.
Russia produces fake dissidents. This is their way to control the narrative. Western correspondents get ready-to-print stories, endless polit-soap operas leading nowhere.
Similar methods are used elsewhere in the Eastern block, including current EU and NATO members.
The article’s author represents an enthusiastic approach to Wikipedia.
Quote from the article:
Dariusz Jemielniak (author of the first ethnography of Wikipedia, Common Knowledge?, in 2014) stresses the playfulness of the whole enterprise. Why else, he asks, would academics avoid it? “When you are a soldier, you do not necessarily spend your free time playing paintball with friends.”
On his webpage, Jemielniak proudly quotes words of praise he received from Zygmunt Bauman, the late sociologist, former political officer (politruk) in the Communist army and member of the Polish Communist party and Communist military intelligence. Bauman himself used Wikipedia texts without providing attribution, see “Problematic elements…” by PW Walsh and D Lehmann (2015). In this context, the comparison of academics to soldiers does not seem out of place.
One day in 2015, someone I didn’t know sent me an email with information that a Wikipedia page in Polish with my name was just created. I replied with an objection. The page was created despite my disapproval. It was 28 October 2015. I was a faculty member at the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. The next day, I received letter terminating my employment.
As it turned out, Wikipedia pages of all the faculty in the Department of Physics were created at the same time. This was most unusual for at least couple of reasons. The information on those pages was of the most trivial type and mostly reproduced information bits usually appearing on academic departmental pages. It was also clear that some of the sentences used in personal descriptions were selected not as a way of describing each person but rather as a way as emphasizing the person as ‘one of many’.
I verified that other University departments and physics departments of other universities in Poland have not received this kind of treatment. So, something significant happened that day in the Polish Wikipedia. When I let someone from the Wikipedia board know about it in 2019, he shrugged it off.
My person and the fact that I was being fired from the faculty of the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University were the only reasons for creating the nearly hundred personal Wikipedia pages.
Shortly afterwards, my pianist wife was fired from her job of a piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra in Poland, on the basis of a fake document fabricated by the state service of occupational medicine. The authorities have been carrying out an intense bullying and harassment campaign against our family for years. Now they decided to eliminate us from our jobs.
One needs to keep in mind that Wikipedia pages come near the top of Internet searches. If someone somewhere was looking for Lech Borkowski the physicist, it would certainly be picked up by the snippets of code serving the search engines. And indeed, some time later, I could observe how the viewing numbers of the Wikipedia containing my name page rose, whenever I was more active in contacting other people. Wikipedia simply serves as a giant listening device. The information it collects enables identification of people and places looking for certain keywords.
The Polish Wikipedia has nothing to do with its English language counterpart, despite sharing the name. It is used for purposes contrary to those officially proclaimed. It is a social medium and a perfect tool for the exercise of power. Control of information and story telling (in general sense) are among the most basic instruments of power. The individuals controlling Polish Wikipedia are well organised. There is a great degree of similarity with actions of Communist intelligence, both inside and outside the country.
It is no accident that the military Communist political and intelligence officer Bauman praised Jemielniak’s enthusiastic book on Wikipedia. It is also no accident that (1) I was fired from the University (2) Wikipedia page was created to control my narrative. After WWII, my parents were in Communist concentration camps, where they were sent by the likes of Bauman.
And let me emphasize once again that I strongly oppose having a Wikipedia page with my name on it.
PhD, shop assistant at a west London greengrocer’s
It is much worse than you think. Members of totalitarian organisations, such as Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, a Communist Party member, former Polish PM, now member of the European Parliament, are firmly embedded in western institutions. Now they participate in setting the laws applying to the EU and other countries.
Mr Cimoszewicz’s father was a high-ranking member of the Communist military intelligence. There is a perfect continuity here. This is just an example.
Myśląc o odwadze kobiet, wolę przykład mojej mamy, która była więziona przez komunistycznych oprawców w Polsce wschodniej okupowanej przez Związek Radziecki po drugiej wojnie światowej. Była ‘sądzona’ przez lokalny trybunał wojskowy w 1949, razem z ojcem i młodszym bratem. Przesłuchiwana odpowiadał tak, by chronić ich obu. Została następnie uwięziona w obozie koncentracynym w Rosji północnej w rejonie Archangielska. Sowieci wypuścili ją w 1956. Wojna rozpoczęta wspólną inwazją sił nazistowskich i komunistycznych na Polskę nigdy się dla niej nie skończyła. W czasie mojego dzieciństwa komuniści nękali ją nawet podczas robienia codziennych zakupów. Ucierpiała ogromnie i nigdy nie doczekała sprawiedliwości.
Radziecki system tajnej policji opierał się na terrorze i torturach. Była bardzo dzielną kobietą. Zrobiła to, co było słuszne. W ostatnich latach obserwowałem odwagę mojej żony, która nie ustąpiła przed komunistycznymi metodami funkcjonariuszy polskiego państwa przestępczego. To także bardzo ciekawa historia.
Komentowany artykuł jest częścią narracji totalitarnej. Zarówno komuniści, jak i naziści umożliwili pełnienie ważnych ról kobietom oddanym ich ideologii. Zalecałbym opublikowanie zbioru opowieści o emancypacji kobiet w służbie obu tych reżimów ludobójczych.
Chciałbym upomnieć optymistów twierdzących, że komunizm upadł. Nie upadł. Publikacja wspomnianego artykułu i innych podobnych tekstów w czołowych dziennikach brytyjskich dowodzi wpychania komunizmu w nurt główny życia publicznego. To następny etap. Pamięć komunistycznych złoczyńców jest pielęgnowana, a ich ofiary są eliminowane ponownie, tym razem z pamięci.
WWII and associated developments are typically viewed from mostly a military perspective. Started on [date], ended on [date]. [number] mln killed.
My family comes from eastern Poland, which suffered three occupations during WWII and afterwards: the Soviet one 1939-1941, the German 1941-1944 and again the Soviet one from 1944 on.
The war has not ended in 1945. My parents and other family members were imprisoned in concentrations camps in the Soviet Union for many years after WWII. One of my uncles was tortured to the point of not knowing his own name. He was permanently damaged. Technically alive, dead as a human being.
My mother suffered terribly as well. WWII was terrible enough, but the real hell came post-1945. The war against our family has never really ended. More recently, my wife and I were fired from our jobs in Poland in 2015, because the neural correlates of our consciousness exhibited features proscribed for elimination by the ruling class installed as a result of the Communist occupation.
Our families suffered from both Nazis and Communists. My wife’s grandfather fought against the German invasion in 1939, was later imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940-41, then fought with the Allies on the western front, and again imprisoned by the Communists when he returned to Poland in 1947.
While WWII understood as a military campaign ended in 1945, the violence associated with it continued in non-military forms against civilians. Poland understood as a civilization developed over the centuries, has been wiped out. Now the same name is being used by the Communist fake.
When thinking about woman’s bravery, I prefer my mother, who was imprisoned by the Communist henchmen in eastern Poland occupied by the Soviet Russia after WWII. She was ‘tried’ by a local Soviet military tribunal in 1949, together with her father and a younger brother. She tried to protect both of them in her responses during interrogations. She was subsequently imprisoned in a concentration camp in northern Russia in the Arkhangelsk area. She was released in 1956. The war, which was started by joint invasion of Nazi and Communist forces on Poland, has never ended for her. Communist thugs harassed her even when she went shopping when I was little. She suffered enormously and never received justice.
The Soviet security system was centered around terror and torture. She was a very brave woman. She did what was right. More recently, I witnessed the bravery of my pianist wife, who refused to yield to Communist methods of thugs running the state apparatus in Poland. This is also a very interesting story.
The current article is part of a totalitarian narrative. Both Communists and Nazis offered important roles to women dedicated to their cause. I would recommend publishing a collection of stories of female emancipation in the service of both of these genocidal regimes.
I would like to correct those optimists who claim that Communism collapsed. It didn’t. The publishing of this and similar articles in top British papers is a testimony to Communism being pushed into the mainstream. This is the next stage. Memory of Communist villains is preserved, while their victims are eliminated again, this time from memory.