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Perfect continuity

Brief comment on Con Coughlin’s opinion piece Dictators are outwitting the fatally divided West in The Telegraph,
23 December 2020.


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Telegraph 23 December 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Telegraph, 23 December 2020

Lech Borkowski
23 Dec 2020 8:30AM

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.

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Ocieplanie wizerunku agentów totalitaryzmu

Komentarz do artykułu The untold story of Edith Tudor-Hart: ‘grandmother’ of the Cambridge spies, Charlotte Philby, The Telegraph, 3 października 2020. Wersja angielska: Polishing images of totalitarian agents in The Telegraph.


Lech S Borkowski komentarz The Telegraph 4 października 2020
Lech S Borkowski, komentarz w The Telegraph 4 października 2020

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.

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Neural correlates of consciousness

My comment on Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees review: a tale of two tyrants by Robert Gerwarth in The Telegraph, 26 October 2020. Polish version: Neuronalne korelaty świadomości.


Lech S Borkowski comment on a book review by Robert Gerwarth in The Telegraph 26 October 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment on “Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees book review” in The Telegraph, 26 October 2020

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.

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Polishing images of totalitarian agents in The Telegraph

The untold story of Edith Tudor-Hart: ‘grandmother’ of the Cambridge spies by Charlotte Philby in The Telegraph, 3 October 2020. Wersja polska: Ocieplanie wizerunku agentów totalitaryzmu.


Lech S Borkowski comment The Telegraph 4 October 2020
Lech Borkowski, comment in The Telegraph 4 October 2020

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.

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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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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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Incorrect assumptions

My comment on Tony Brenton’s article Another martyr for democracy is the last thing Vladimir Putin needs in The Telegraph, 20 August 2020.


Lech Borkowski
21 Aug 2020 2:35PM

Western analyses of events and situation in Russia and elsewhere in the Eastern Bloc are formed on incorrect assumptions. While they are formally correct within the western logic, the regimes of the Eastern Bloc went far beyond the confines of that logic.

The so-called ‘velvet revolution’ of 1989-90 is viewed mistakenly as the collapse of Communism. This is an incorrect interpretation. The velvet transition to a simulated democracy was sign of dictatorship’s strength, not weakness. The strong, thorough control of the state enabled the transition to the next stage. The so-called ‘democratic opposition’ to Communism was the creation of Communist political technologists. The activists were recruited from among the most loyal members of the dictatorship.

The transition process was spread over many years, hence even greater confusion among western observers. Patient, detailed observation of the daily reality of the Eastern Bloc states reveals that those states continue to follow the Communist pattern, although they avoid using the Communist rhetoric and symbols. Arranging fake conflicts, political and otherwise is no problem. Corruption scandals? No problem.

If you want to catch a fly, you have two main options: (1) a sudden catching move, which is faster than fly’s reflexes, (2) a slow, patient series of incremental moves, which remain below the fly’s cognitive threshold. The first stage of Communism’s confrontation with the West, which ended in 1990, made the western fly too nervous. The same western fly post-1990 is much more agreeable and cooperating, and accepts the series of incremental moves slowly leading to its demise.

Opposition figures such as Navalny are projects of political technology run by the state. If necessary, they can be terminated by staging the activist’s death. This is no problem. We are talking about the state which runs on falsification for more than one hundred years already. The theatrical actions of the state against Navalny, which reinforce his public visibility and credibility in the West, serve the fake narrative. Putin and Navalny are players in the same team.

It is a bit like watching a fixed sport’s match. Those unaware cannot comprehend they may be watching a fake competition.

Western thinking is firmly frozen within the Orwellian framework, but there is more than one way to run a dictatorship. Western societies have not lived under a Communist dictatorship and they mostly refuse to comprehend the enormity of lies and the extraordinary capacity of the totalitarian state to generate fake narratives. No one expresses a surprise about a seemingly endless supply of dissidents in a state which can easily liquidate everyone.

Demonstrations and strikes can be easily arranged as well. If you look at Belarus these days, the so-called ‘opposition’ has no program. Their members come from privileged sectors of the Communist dictatorship and their interests are identical to those of Lukashenko.

The totalitarian state has the entire state apparatus at its disposal. The preferable method of liquidating someone who is truly inconvenient is a series of provocations masqueraded as entirely accidental events without external witnesses and without alerting the western media. An inconvenient person is liquidated before it becomes known to western audience.

My wife and I have a lot of personal experience with the subject matter.

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Forty years and hundreds of protests later

My comment on the editorial article Is this the end for Europe’s last dictator? in The Telegraph, 11 August 2020.


Lech Borkowski
11 Aug 2020 4:38PM

We have been here before. Poland, for example, has seen hundreds of protests and hundreds of strikes. As a first-year student, I participated in a two-week student sit-in in Toruń, protesting about undemocratic methods of the Communist regime.

Forty years on, it is clear that the protests, strikes, and demonstrations in Poland in 1980-81 have been engineered by the Communists themselves, who have not lost control even for a minute.

When my wife and I tried to use rights, democratic and legal tools theoretically available to us in recent years, it turned out that they are nonexistent in the same way as forty years earlier.

I don’t see how Belarus would somehow turn out differently. The Communist deception runs very deep.

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Conservation of lawlessness in Poland

The third of my comments following Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum, review: a querulous and flawed analysis of Europe by Philip Johnston in The Telegraph, 26 July 2020.


Lech Borkowski
31 Jul 2020 2:07AM

In September 2011, at the time when Anne Applebaum’s husband was Foreign Minister in the Donald Tusk government, Polish authorities launched an incredibly vicious operation against our family.

We have been targeted for years, but earlier provocations, although harmful, were not entirely successful. This time they decided to launch a very intense operation aimed initially at my wife, a pianist and piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra. We monitored the operation’s progress and recorded its details in our letters to the authorities. This was state-sponsored lawlessness in full throttle. It contradicts Applebaum’s narrative about Poland.

As a result of this operation, we wrote many letters to the country’s top authorities. We pointed out numerous violations of law and our basic human rights. The government protected the immediate perpetrators and the associated lawlessness. In other words, the state and the criminal organisation is one and the same entity in Poland. Radek Sikorski served this criminal organisation for many, many years as well. He does this now as a Member of the European Parliament.

Eventually the authorities decided to remove us from our jobs. I was an associate professor of physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. We were both fired at the end of 2015. In case of my wife they manufactured fake medical statement, claiming that she suffered from unspecified ‘delusions’. The best piano teacher of the school was declared by the authorities unfit for work. A typical Communist method.

It was not a question of ‘if’ but ‘how’ we were to be liquidated.

I was the only faculty member at the University’s Department of Physics with a western PhD. The key distinction between me and the rest of the faculty is the fact of my parents’ staunch resistance to Communism and my full support of it. My father deserted from the Communist army with his entire company in 1945. My mother’s family provided food and shelter to Polish non-Communist resistance in the area occupied by the Soviet Union. I was possibly the only faculty member of a university in Poland, whose parents were prisoners of Communist concentration camps.

Applebaum’s narrative about the Law and Justice Party is false as well. I was a member of that Party from 2008-2010, when it was in ‘opposition’. I saw it from inside. It conducted no discussion and activities. For all practical purposes it was dead. There were party meetings and superficial discussions, but never anything real.

The Law and Justice provocative moves are grotesque and superficial. In reality, the lawlessness of the state has been invariant under the so-called ‘transition to democracy’ and is invariant under the change of governments. The overthrow of Communism was staged. Radek Sikorski’s legend of underground activity against Communism before he came to the UK is simply not true. It was fabricated.

Has Anne Applebaum ever told you that Adam Michnik, the leading ‘dissident’ in Poland during the 1970s and 1980s, is a son of a Communist convicted in the 1930s for acting against the Polish state on behalf of the Stalin’s Soviet Union? How did he transition from being part of the most privileged Communist youth to seemingly acting against the system? Or did he? Similarly, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the allegedly first non-Communist PM in Poland in 1989, was earlier three-time member of the Communist ‘parliament, each time ‘elected’ with more than 95 percent of the vote.

Currently, I am working at a greengrocer’s in London. My wife is unemployed in Poland. Two professionals with the highest qualifications in their professions, who refused to lie, forge, and falsify, have been liquidated.

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You have been misinformed

My two comments on Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum, review: a querulous and flawed analysis of Europe by Philip Johnston in The Telegraph, 26 July 2020.


Lech Borkowski
26 Jul 2020 7:04PM

Putting it mildly, you have been misinformed by both Anne Applebaum and her husband Radek Sikorski on Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe.

Radek Sikorski has been trained by Communist intelligence, probably the military branch, and secured a place at Oxford by Zbigniew Pelczynski, an Oxford professor on friendly terms with the Communists in Poland.

When I was about to leave the US at the end of my doctoral studies at the University of Florida, I was contacted by Radek Sikorski, who suggested that I participate in his team supporting the candidate in the upcoming presidential election in Poland. My initial response was positive, but I soon abandoned this idea without having met RS. Thank God.

Below I am including the letter my wife sent to Anne Applebaum on 22 May 2013. I collaborated in writing it. It tells you a completely different story to the one you are accustomed getting from your media outlets.

This is an English translation of the Polish original. You can also view it on our website at https://lsborkowski.com/pol/killing-the-soul-22-may-2013/ , where we present some of our texts associated with our project. The same text is available at at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330015944_Letter_to_the_Washington_Post_22_May_2013

I wrote the statement “Citizenship de jure and citizenship de facto” on 8 July 2014 and sent it to Radek Sikorski. It is available at

https://lsborkowski.com/pol/citizenship-de-jure-citizenship-de-facto-8-july-2014/ or at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329923338_Citizenship_De_Jure_and_Citizenship_De_Facto

He did not reply.

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22 May 2013

It is both interesting and disturbing that historians, sociologists, political scientists or journalists do not tell the truth about contemporary Poland. Even Poles themselves do not have the courage to face the truth. They do not have the courage to admit that they are flooded with lies.

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The Communists worked hard over the years to perfect their killing ways. From the murder of the body they evolved towards the murder of the soul.

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The loyalty to the mob, the falsifications and the active participation in the process of liquidating a human being are all rewarded with money, advance on the professional ladder, special privileges and total impunity.

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The Solidarity movement was a skillfully manufactured lie.

I can now say with full certainty that there is no democracy in Poland. There has been no democracy here since 1939. We have only Potemkin-style democratic decorations. I live in the country governed by junta, where dignity and the social function of the human being are murdered. It is only natural that the result of such action by organized liquidation groups is not only the death of the soul but often also the death of the victim’s body. The perpetrators remain unpunished.

Today Poland is a country without natural social activity. The entire public life remains firmly under control of junta, who simulate a democratic system, but in reality destroy everyone whom they classify as an inconvenient person. Those who might pose a threat to junta’s hegemony are identified at a very early stage. Their lives and careers are often destroyed before they even have a chance to spread their wings. The know-how of the Communist secret police has not gone to waste. The hunt continues. Anyone who raises his or her head will be silenced or liquidated. The totalitarian state silences its opponents, as Hannah Arendt described in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem.

The Polish junta is a far more advanced product of totalitarianism than e.g. the Argentinian junta of the second half of the 20th century. In Argentina people were kidnapped and murdered secretly in isolated locations. In Poland people’s souls are murdered “on-site”, in exactly the same location where they live and work. Observers have an excuse to claim that nothing evil is taking place. This technique is far more sophisticated than the relatively ancient methods of an average Latin American junta.

My country, to which I returned with a great joy after traveling in Europe or the United States, is subject to Bolshevik rules. Contemporary Poland is actually a Communist concentration camp, in which the Communist perpetrators donned democratic uniforms. Certainly, number of political scientists must have at least asked themselves a question, how was it possible, that the totalitarian regime so easily and simply withdrew in 1989-1990. Was it really so, that the guards of the Communist concentration camp Poland simply got up from their desks, opened the camp’s gates and went home to live ordinary lives? And the next day they became pious Catholics and democrats? Was this a miraculous conversion? After the murder and expulsion of millions? After several decades of increasingly more perfect cruelty?

No, this is not true. The Communism did not fall. It was transformed, modernized and adapted to the new times. The banner of Communism was taken down and hidden away. But the dictatorship remained in place. In many ways the actions of the junta are bolder than before 1990.

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Małgorzata Głuchowska


Lech Borkowski
26 Jul 2020 10:55PM

Applebaum’s narrative is a Communist one. You can see this in larger texts as well as in single sentences. Here is one example from the back cover of the Penguin’s edition of Iron Curtain:

“At the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union unexpectedly found itself in control of a huge swathe of territory in Eastern Europe.”

Try taking this sentence apart and try to understand what it tells you. A big red flashing light.

This sentence signals her allegiance to the Communist/Russian narrative. Superficially, she may criticize Russia and Communists for this or that, but the signs are clearly there. People and key facts are omitted when harmful to the Cause. Often, what is omitted is much more important than what is included in the text. You will notice it easily when browsing through the index of the Iron Curtain, an awful book written with an apparent intention to confuse the readers.

My parents, Polish citizens, were imprisoned for many years in Communist concentration camps in northern Russia in the Arkhangelsk region. My father deserted from the Communist army on 13 January 1945, one day before the military oath was taken. My mother was imprisoned in 1949. Both lived in eastern Poland, which was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1939-1941 and again after 1944. These are Communist taboo subjects and do not appear in her texts as well. Writing about it would harm Communist and Russian interests.

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