Current socio-economic situation of Poland is worse than in the communist times

Summary

In many areas, the III RP (The Third Republic – a term used to describe Poland after 1989) is not even close to the achievements of the Polish People’s Republic (PRL – a term used to describe Poland under communist regime, 1944-1989), starting from unemployment levels.

In no other EU country is the income inequality indicator as high as in Poland.

Disproof

No evidence given. Examples used in the text are part of a recurring narrative glorifying repressive communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. See examples here and here.

Under the communist regime, unemployment didn't officially exist, and the full employment was named as a target in the constitution of 1952. In fact, the inefficient labour market, along with overblown state administration created a separate category of unemployment - so called 'unemployment in places of employment'. It meant that even though everybody was employed officially, many people were in fact redundant - some data say that this phenomenon reached as many as 50% of employed people. Moreover, no reliable data about economy in the Polish People’s Republic is available, as the state deceived their public and each other with the statistics.

According to Eurostat and OECD data, the current unemployment rate in Poland is among the lowest in the EU.

According to the latest available data by OECD (2016), the income inequality indicator for Poland is as high as 0.28 (where 0 means complete equality and 1 - complete inequality), which puts Poland on the 9th place among the EU countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland, USSR
  • Keywords: Socialism, economy, USSR
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Historically, the West has always been barbaric and similar to ISIS

From a philosophical and historical point of view, the West has never progressed beyond barbarity and human prehistoric times which included the periods of slavery, feudalism and capitalism. In contrast to the West, the Soviet Union started the real history of humanity and communism can be considered a genuine form of civilisation. Historically, the West is like the Cilician pirate state in the past or in the present, the terrorist organisation ISIS.

Disproof

Although the West's history (and indeed, this is applicable to any other region of the world) does indeed include skeletons in its closet, to draw a similarity between it and ISIS is an outrageous, extreme and ungrounded accusation aimed to discredit the West. See similar cases here, including claims that the West is a terrorist structure, the West is fascist, and that the US and EU countries support Russophobic, neofascist, terrorist political parties and movements in the post-Soviet space.

ISIS is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. In 2015-2017, ISIS claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks outside Iraq in Syria, including in Tunisia, Turkey, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia and other countries. ISIL has been classified a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, the European Union and its member states, the United States, Russia, India, Turkey and many other countries.

Poroshenko instigated the provocation in Kerch Strait to extend his power

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s ex-president and the author of the provocation in the Kerch Strait, used the conflict to impose martial law in the country and extend his powers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

Heinz-Christian Strache was framed because he was against sanctions to Russia and supported Nord Stream II

Heinz-Christian Strache was framed because he did not go with political mainstream: he did not scold Russia, supported the Nord Stream II and did not like sanctions to Russia. The logic is simple: if you don’t scold Russia, it means you agree with it and you will not be in the European Parliament.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign due to allegations of corruption, after offering government contacts to a supposed Russian investor in exchange for help to his  Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in the 2017 national elections.