Disinfo: The Polish authoritarian state may brutally attack any of its citizens for his views and opinions

Summary

At any time, a Polish citizen may lose his freedom, health, and all his life achievements – his country will be ready to destroy him at any moment. In Poland, you can be brutally attacked by the authoritarian state machine without any legal reasons – only because someone does not like what you write and say. This situation happened to Leonid Sviridov, but he was lucky not to be a Polish citizen, so today, he lives and works far away from Poland.

Disproof

This message is a part of the narrative about the lack of real democracy in Western countries, in this case, it promotes the idea that “authoritarian” Poland may “brutally punish its citizens for their opinions and views”.

Poland is a Democratic country, which respects Human Rights and does not discriminate or oppress any persons because of their personal opinions.

The situation around Leonid Sviridov (a Russian journalist working in Poland before 2015) should not be considered as evidence for any “systemic discrimination against Russian citizens in Poland”. The Polish special services started to investigate the case of Sviridov in 2014 because he was suspected of espionage in favour of the Russian special services. In December 2015, he had to leave Poland.

See other examples of similar messages claiming that constant intimidation with Russia is used to make Poland economically dependent on the USA, the Polish authorities created an insane hysteria of intimidation with Russia, used for the needs of domestic politics and Polish media promote the idea that the Russians are not people, but the “agents of the Kremlin”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland
  • Keywords: Repression, Rule of law, Dictatorship, Human rights, Democracy, Freedom of speech, Conspiracy theory
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Lithuanian judges broke the law in the case of January 13th

The Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) charged, in absentia, the Lithuanian judges which passed an illegal judgement in the case of events of January 13, 1991, in Vilnius. The ICR said that the Lithuanian judges know that events in Vilnius happened at the moment when Lithuania was part of the USSR. During the events of January 1991, Soviet troops acted according to Soviet law to ensure public order.

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On January 13., 1991, during an armed confrontation near the TV tower in Vilnius, 14 people died and more than 600 were injured. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Lithuania claims without any evidence that victims were killed by Soviet soldiers.

Disproof

The case contains historical revisionism and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the events of January 13th, 1991.

The statement by the Investigative Committee of Russia against the Lithuanian judges is an attempt to exert pressure on Lithuania, its courts, and law enforcement officials.

Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau is an element of external control over Ukraine's politicians

NABU [National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine] began to perform the functions for which this “anti-corruption system” was created. It is a club against any Ukrainian politician, official, or businessman who dares to be arbitrary (i.e. go beyond the limits set by the system of external control).

Disproof

This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is under external control.

NABU is a state law enforcement agency that independently investigates the corruption of public officials and prepares cases for prosecution. The bureau was created in 2014 after the National Anti-Corruption Committee did not fulfil its obligations. NABU is accountable to the Parliament of Ukraine through the law on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the law on prevention of corruption.

The Western elite and their Ukrainian puppets set up MH17 crash

More and more experts agree that the Western elite and their Ukrainian puppets orchestrated the crash of the Malaysian Boeing MH17. Each such statement is accompanied by a number of facts. The current situation casts a shadow on the competence of the Hague Court and casts doubt on Russia’s guilt. The US and Ukrainian authorities were involved in this tragedy.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of Flight MH17. No serious expert view the “Western Elites” as responsible for the crash.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with one missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.