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Poland commits “ACT OF BARBARISM” and begins DESTROYING Soviet war memorials

What was once unthinkable is now a fact of life in modern Europe.

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After months of passing the necessary legislation and making the requisite threats, Poland has begun demolishing war memorials to the Soviet Army which have stood in Poland since 1945.

Poland has not negotiated the matter with Russia, nor have Polish authorities even appeared interested in inter-state dialogue about a deeply serious issue in the context of wider world history and historical memory.

Russia has condemned the gravely insulting moves. The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the act of “barbarism” against the eternal memory of the war heroes in the following way,

“We consider this outrageous incident an illustration and direct consequence of the Polish government’s anti-Russian policy in the memorial field among other”.

The Foreign Ministry further condemned the destruction as an “act of vandalism”.

The Russian Defence Ministry further stated,

“The Polish authorities, without notification and consent from the Russian side, demolished all the architectural elements of the burial site, including the mausoleum of the Red Army soldiers, within the grave. This is an outrageous act of insulting the memory of those who liberated the world from the brown plague of fascism”.

Writing in The Duran on 23 July of this year, geo-political expert Andrew Korybko proposed that Russian civil society groups help relocate the monuments to Russia, thus taking them off Polish hands while preserving the eternal memory of the liberators of Europe from fascism on Russian soil.

However, without even allowing dialogue about the issue, Poland has ruined any chances for reconciliation. Instead, the authorities have begun demolishing sacred sites dedicated to those who liberated Poland from the fascist enemy.It is an act our spiteful and twisted act of insulting historical revisionism that sets a frightening precedent for modern Europe.

One Polish man posted a live video of the daylight destruction of the memorial posted a comment stating,

“History is happening before our eyes”.

He also declared that he was “feeling excited”.

Far from being “exciting” this tragic act of vandalism is an international disgrace that has been allowed to happen in the heart of Europe which could well still be under fascist occupation if not for the heroic acts of the Soviet soldiers whose monuments are being desecrated by a state actor.

READ MORE: Poland resurrects a dangerous idea from its 20th century past

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Russia (USSR) paid the price of 600.000 dead young citizens (soldiers of the Red Army) to liberate Poland from Nazi occupation and to save Polish people from Nazi genocide. And how do Poles thank Russia for this? By destroying monuments to those soldiers who gave their lives when liberating Poland! This is one of many other reasons (e.g. Polish participation in aggression on Iraq in 2003…) why I despise today’s Poland.

hestroy
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hestroy

Polaks are imbeciles. Everyone knows that.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No-one can save a slave nation from themselves.

bbbar
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bbbar

Agreed. Specifically one that willingly accepts slavery.

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Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

I also despise the Polish government that allowed and encouraged this to happen. Hopefully the Polish people themselves do not agree to destroying monuments to those who liberated them from the Nazi’s.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Liberated? Soviet troops stationed in Poland until 1992. Also, Soviet Union invaded Poland on 17th of September 1939 joining Hitler and immediately started murdering Polish people. After so called liberation, they raped and looted.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

USA Troops stationed in Germany with Nukes (they refuse to leave) and in Poland.
Please call that an occupation, as you call Soviet Bases in Warsaw Pact Countries an occupation.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You beat me to it. The US has never left Germany.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Obviously, it was an occupation. According to the Potsdam treaty by the way.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

You did not answer question, due to delusion. I understand.

BogSik
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BogSik

we do radecku we do😆 but u don’t call yourselves ty vole nebo ty krávo for nothing😂

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Where I am from in Morava/Silesia, we don’t use those sissy terms. We call “yourselves” ty kurvo, ty píčo, Pšonků zkurveného! Jsi Jednoduchá Vatikánská kurva!

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The following is taken from The Daily Mail n 2009: Putin argued that Britain’s policy of appeasement with Hitler in 1939 had left Stalin with no choice but to sign a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany – including a secret clause carving up Poland. ‘If we are going to speak objectively about history we must understand it does not have just one colour. It was diverse and a huge number of mistakes were made by all sides. And all these actions created the conditions for the large scale aggression by Nazi Germany.’ Russia has never apologised for the invasion of… Read more »

BogSik
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BogSik

spot on👏 but the so called annexation was later followed by full and agreed incorporation of Czechia and Slovakia into 3rd Reich and their full support of the German war effort particularly by czechia for full 6 years. And for that they got a reward😎
They got to expand their territory by full and ruthless removal of all Germans from disputed lands. Was that a deal with anglo-zion?😎
Well consider Bell-pottinger fiasco in South Africa as a modus operandi of the crown and alles ist klar😈

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Soviet Union took back Galicia which does not belong to Poland,the people are Ukrainians. Sorry Marcin, you must be Polish.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Yes, I’m Polish. You don’t need to feel sorry about that. I’m not. Soviets took eastern part of Poland and gave us part of eastern Germany taken by them after the partition of Poland in XVIII century. Ukrainian nationalist movement was supported by Hitler(look up Stefan Bandera), they committed mass slaughter of Polish people in 1944. After the war, communists decided to move Polish citizens from today’s Ukraine to the west to end the the violence from Ukrainians. By the way, Right Sector supported by the US is a continuation of OUN. During its existence, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought… Read more »

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Both of you Polish guys have very limited knowledge of Ukraine. Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people. Russia has 7,000 nuclear weapons and are the big brothers to Ukrainians. So be very careful who you pick on. Try Latvia only a few million people.

BogSik
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BogSik

Walter stop craping in public😆 Ukraine never existed before soviets set up a Republic of that name partly on Polish Crown lands and there where no Ukrainians before then. Ukraine was always as is today multinational and mostly occupied by southern Russins who also gave national identity to Russians. Due to the bolshevic genocide of mainly Polish but also German inhabitants of these lands and later genocide of more Polish by ukrainian UPA and other ultra nationals helping Germans, todays Ukraine has very few minorities left but still few Poles, Czechs Romanians and Hungarians.

BogSik
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BogSik

this goes for uuu moron and the author of this propaganda!
U r one kind of a mental nutcase Adam for carping in public 😂 but than u probably are paid a lot 😆 assumIng u do have some cash left from drug binges do some reading on bolshevic and later soviet genocide of Polish citizens between 1918 and 1953 😆
have a good one😎

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Perhaps it is part of a revival of European fascism – and this time Russia will not be on hand to save the barbarians from their savage rulers.

Valeria Nollan
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Valeria Nollan

Very good observation.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

You need to educate yourself. During the WWII there was no Russia but Soviet Union, massive difference. SU was the most murderous state in the history. Have you heard about Gulags or people being killed for having clean/white hands? By the way, Soviets joined Hitler in invasion on Poland.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

You need to learn a few manners and a lot of critical thinking skills. And please, dont reply to me. I have no interest in talking to someone like you. I will not answer and will just block you.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Typical when someone doesn’t have a proper argument to reply with.

BogSik
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BogSik

😂😂😂 give one example when Russia or rather soviet union or bolshevia saved anyone from anything👊
Yet there are at least 3 historical events during which participation of the Polish saved the collective sorry asses of the rest of Europe and the genocidal Catholic Church😈
And u can block me too😗

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Now, lets see how many millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa relocate to Poland. They must be good “Europeans” and take at least 5 million. Let’s face it, Warsaw and Krakow needs a bit of colour and excitement. They are too boring and monochrome compared to London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Now, Poland, be good “Europeans” say “aaaah” and swallow 5 million refugees. Or would do you really want to be thrown at Uncle Putin’s mercy???

hestroy
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hestroy

??? WTF?

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

You don’t see the connection between “European values”, rejecting and re-writing the past with the destruction of Soviet memorials and being forced to take millions of refugees produced by the actions of the same US/EU/NATO gang?
Well, Poland, Hungary, Czech and Slovak republics and the rest will soon find out.
Gee, don’t we all love “European values” when monochrome nations are forcibly colourized by brown people like me? Lots of empty spaces in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and especially Poland. Lots of room for big, BIG mosques.
Do, enjoy!!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Please don’t bring Hungary, Czech and Slovakia into this.

Soviet (liberator) War memorials in Morava are protected. In my village it is painted, and maintained with flowers and bouquets.

No rape-fugees for us no matter how much someone may wish it so!

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

I am so sorry for you. The European courts WILL force refugees down the throats of all EU countries.There is no choice. The only question is how many. I am so so sorry. That is why the UK voted for Brexit. We had enough and then there was the EU created mess in Ukraine and Turkey in line to join the EU.
No more.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

No need to be sorry. Will not happen.

mikhas
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mikhas

The Saker suggested that Russia should totally ignore these repulsive cock-sucking prostitutes and sever all ties, that makes perfect sense after this. The American regime without much history of their own is of course jumping up and down in joy.

ruca
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ruca

That article from the Saker, as well as most of his articles, is brilliant. The best blog on the web and lots of smart comments.

BogSik
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BogSik

that would be splendid😎
and seaker is a dick when it comes to history being soviet -bred and indoctrinated😂

Simon
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Simon

Not the first act of ‘cleansing’ carried out by the Poles, nor the most monstrous.
Best to leave them alone in their xenophobic homogeneous little fantasy land.

seby
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seby

Trying to weigh up whose selective historical memory is worse, that of Americans or Poles. Probably the Poles. They think the US are going to sacrifice 600,000 of their people for them? Really sad day in Polish history.

lmimkac
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lmimkac

Big Polish heroes… attacking statues… hehe… well they have a good example from their utter friends as they wanted them to buy their lovely polish apples a few years back… how can they fight someone without history? I hold my deepest contempt for them because nobody from the crowd protested the decision… i hold my deepest contempt for them. And to be honest we in Eastern Europe alwyas did.. blaaah…

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

The Soviet Union has never ‘liberated’ Poland – those who claim that are totally ignorant of history.

First of all Poland was divided in 1939 under mutual agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union – and from 1945 and onward Poland was occupied by the Soviets and served as a buffer zone towards NATO. Was the Soviet union a ‘better occupier’ than the Germans? I guess that’s up for debate – but there should be no doubt that both were hostile occupiers.

bricsandthefreeworld
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bricsandthefreeworld

Do we got ourselves a one-comment Polish troll! What took you so long?

tapatio
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tapatio

He’s trolling for the fascist NATO (ZioUSA) regime – which happens to include Poland at the moment.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

I am not Polish

I am not a troll

I have no sympathy for the US or the Israeli governments what so ever

The above doesn’t change the fact that the Soviet union occupied Poland after WW2

Kaput
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Kaput

poland is a fascis……..nazi jerkdom

Guy
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Guy

Nazis are nationalists , who mostly believe in their divine right to rule as a race .Who else does that remind you of ? Hint , like Dexter says ” Guess where they went “

tapatio
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tapatio

Well, little boy you have been trolling me and others – that makes you a troll.

From the Bolshevik/Communist “revolution” into the ’50s/’60s, Russia was largely run by Rothschild’s Jews. Now Russia is run by Russians.

Since Poland and Ukraine form Khazaria and the place where Talmudic Judaism (95% of all Jews) was spawned, it might be pretty obvious that they are/have been Jewish controlled.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Not only that, Genetic haplogroup studies have confirmed the significant “ashkenazi” haplogroup coursing through Poland and Western U-Krajina

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

So what are you disagreeing with ‘little boy’? Or you’re just off your meds today?

tapatio
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tapatio

Were you bright enough to read my comment?

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland was occupied by the Nazis. Russia/USSR/Stalin REMOVED the Nazis and anyone with the delusion that Hitler was any better than Stalin is an imbecile.

Now that Poland is becoming a voluntary Nazi state, with Ukraine/US/IsraHELL/Saudi Arabia, etc, Poland will soon relearn the lesson that ANYTHING is better than fascism.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

First he joined them and then he removed them for his own purposes and kept Poland occupied. You could use a bit of history education (and some civil manner for that matter)

http://www.dw.com/en/molotov-ribbentrop-pact-a-honeymoon-for-two-dictators/a-17873179

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

He was only following an example in promotion of European values, just ask the Czechs and Slovaks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Polish_Non-Aggression_Pact

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Yes our “Slavic Brothers” and neighbours, Poland were really good to relieve us of territory, precisely at the same as Hitler was occupying and annexing Bohemia and Moravia, for their so called protectorate.
My now departed Grandmother never got over telling me the disgust that she had for those Polish Actions and was wary of Poles till her dying day. Her home was less than 45 km from Polish border.

tapatio
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tapatio

Stalin did not “join” Hitler. He signed a treaty to avoid war with Germany at the time.

After Napoleon, the Jewish Bolsheviks and then Hitler, Russia needs a buffer against the West.

As to your opinion, your choice of one of the most INFANTILE of sit-coms as your identity says all that’s necessary about your intelligence.

Kaput
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Kaput

it seems we looking at ukraine N0.2…………. they are so damn arrogant that they deserve all thats coming……….. I wnder why u kranians dont take refuge in Poland rather than in Russia……….. Poland has always been a destabilizing factor….. best thing that can happen is their financial ruin.

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland and Western Ukraine have always been welfare states – useless dependents on whoever is willing to adopt them.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

LOL. Now Poland is occupied by the US and NATO militaries; taking in unwanted blacks and Ukrainians as alien refugees and in IMF austerity which sells off state assets to the German-US-UK banks. Unable to offend the Germans and nazi Ukrainians, they take down Russian war memorials. It is a European form of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Russians took Galicia from Poland which was Ukrainian populated for centuries.

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Punisher 1

What is particularly unforgivable in this case is one part of the complex destroyed was a mausoleum with the “remains” of the dead buried in it. Not just a “statue” but the eternal graves of soldiers. There can be no forgiveness for that. The Polish have crossed the line between stupidity and evil .And only harsh and savage punishment can cleanse that crime.Russia may as a state do nothing. But hopefully Russians as a people with take retribution for that disgrace. A good first (only first ) step would be for citizens to demolish the Smolensk monument put up in… Read more »

Guy
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Guy

But the Russian people are probably aware that 2 wrongs don’t make a right.At least I hope they are .But then again with your handle of “Punisher” , you are forgiven to think this way.
Cheers .

Alexandra
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Alexandra

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, Poland never, ever took the best political decisions. It was always the wrong decisions because of their idiotic hatred of the Russians since they were kicked out of Moscow in early 17th century.

BogSik
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BogSik

please get the facts right😆
Polish occupation of Moscow was by invitation of some Boyars trying to put their Zar on the throne. And since they invited few drunks and not real Polish crown army, the occupation ended when they runout of wine and food.😎

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Poland’s actions in destroying memorials to Red Army soldiers who liberated them from the Nazi’s is as despicable as can be. Shame on Poland. Why does the U.S. refuse to condemn Poland’s actions? Are we O.K. with what the Poles are doing? The fighting the Red Army did in defeating the Nazi’s saved millions of American lives.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Didnt you know??? According to America, THEY won the war and liberated Europe!

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

This is what Hollywood says. 95% of the Germans that got killed in WWII got killed on the eastern front fighting the Red Army.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

True, but Hollywood and the US regime dont let the truth stand in their way of a “good story” aka their lies and propaganda!

curri
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curri

You should also condemn the same thing happening in US. Slaveholders said war was about slavery, but the Southern troops (the vast majority not slaveholders) were fighting an invasion of their homeland. And everyone should know that Lincoln said the war was about preserving the union. He famously said that if he could preserve the union without freeing a single slave he would do so.

Guy
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Guy

Acts of barbarity .I am truly surprised at the thinking in Poland and most Baltic states for that matter with anything regarding Russia .I hope it is not too contagious .

Valeria Nollan
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Valeria Nollan

This is a tragic and deeply evil act on the part of the Polish government. It speaks volumes about the quality of the people who allowed this to happen. I pity them. Instead of ennobling themselves or humiliating the millions of Soviet citizens who sacrificed their lives to liberate Poland from fascism, they only bring disgrace on themselves. How appalling that the destroyers of these important monuments seek to inflict pain on the Russian people.

Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov
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Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov

“Envy runs deep and goes hand in hand with hatred.”
Poles prove that assertion.

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

Ofc, there are memorials in Russia from the Poles, that can, let’s say, go through the same ordeal…

bbbar
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bbbar

It’s more important to above their nonsense, no reason to stoop to their level.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

meh

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Maybe now patriotic Russians will understand the feelings of Southern White Americans.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

If the Polish government is committing such a nasty act, it seems likely that they have orders to do so. It looks like another provocation to goad Russia into conflict but it won’t work, anymore than all the other insults, thefts and assassinations have succeeded. Vladimir Putin had a good week last week, in China and in Vladivostok. The banksters will just have to suck it up.

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Former British spy Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the “Trump dossier,” which was used as a basis for the FBI’s investigation into Trump.

According to deposition transcripts released this week, Steele said last year he used a 2009 report he found on CNN’s iReport website and said he wasn’t aware that submissions to that site are posted by members of the public and are not checked for accuracy.

web archive from July 29, 2009 shows that CNN described the site in this manner: “iReport.com is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post.”

In the dossier, Steele, a Cambridge-educated former MI6 officer, wrote about extensive allegations against Donald Trump, associates of his campaign, various Russians and other foreign nationals, and a variety of companies — including one called Webzilla. Those allegations would become part of an FBI investigation and would be used to apply for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

During his deposition, Steele was pressed on the methods he used to verify allegations made about Webzilla, which was thought to be used by Russia to hack into Democratic emails.

When asked if he discovered “anything of relevance concerning Webzilla” during the verification process, Steele replied: “We did. It was an article I have got here which was posted on July 28, 2009, on something called CNN iReport.”

“I do not have any particular knowledge of that,” Steele said when asked what was his understanding of how the iReport website worked.

When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

He was pressed on this further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I obviously presume that if it is on a CNN site that it may has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”

When asked about his methodology for searching for this information, Steele described it as “what we could call an open source search,” which he defined as “where you go into the Internet and you access material that is available on the Internet that is of relevance or reference to the issue at hand or the person under consideration.”

Steele said his dossier contained “raw intelligence” that he admitted could contain untrue or even “deliberately false information.”

Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Fusion GPS was receiving funding at the time from the Clinton campaign and the DNC through the Perkins Coie law firm.

The series of memos that Steele would eventually compile became known as the “Trump Dossier.” The dossier was used in FISA applications to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

When asked whether he warned Fusion GPS that the information in the dossier might be “Russian disinformation,” Steele admitted that “a general understanding existed between us and Fusion … that all material contained this risk.”

Steele also described his interactions with Sen. John McCain’s aide, David Kramer, whose own deposition showed that he provided BuzzFeed with a copy of the dossier and had spoken with more than a dozen journalists about it.

“I provided copies of the December memo to Fusion GPS for onward passage to David Kramer at the request of Sen. John McCain,” Steele said. “Sen. McCain nominated him as the intermediary. I did not choose him as the intermediary.”

When asked if he told Kramer that he couldn’t “vouch for everything that was produced in the memos,” Steele replied, “Yes, with an emphasis on ‘everything.'”

When asked why he believed it was so important to provide the dossier to Sen. McCain, Steele said: “Because I judged it had national security implications for the United States and the West as a whole.”

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Trudeau’s Top Bureaucrat Unexpectedly Quits Amid Growing Corruption Scandal

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

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Since it was exposed by a report in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this month, the scandal that’s become known as the SNC-Lavalin affair has already led to the firing of several of Trudeau’s close advisors and raised serious questions about whether the prime minister was complicit in pressuring the attorney general to offer a deferred prosecution agreement with a large, Quebec-based engineering firm.

And according to the first round of polls released since the affair exploded into public view…

…it could cost Trudeau his position as prime minister and return control to the conservatives, according to the CBC.

Campaign Research showed the Conservatives ahead with 37% to 32% for the Liberals, while both Ipsos and Léger put the margin at 36% to 34% in the Conservatives’ favour.Since December, when both polling firms were last in the field, the Liberals have lost one point in Campaign Research’s polling and four percentage points in the Ipsos poll, while the party is down five points since November in the Léger poll.

Meanwhile, as the noose tightens around Trudeau, on Monday another of the key Canadian government officials at the center of the SNC-Lavalin scandal has quit his post.

Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, the highest-ranking position in Canada’s civil service and a key aide to Justin Trudeau, announced his retirement Monday. Trudeau named Ian Shugart, currently deputy minister of foreign affairs, to replace him.

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

“It is now apparent that there is no path for me to have a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties,” he said, citing the need for impartiality on the issue of potential foreign interference. According to Bloomberg, the exact date of his departure is unclear.

As we reported in February, Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit following allegations that several key Trudeau government figures pressured her to intervene to end a criminal prosecution against Montreal-based construction giant SNC. Wernick was among those she named in saying the prime minister’s office wanted her to pursue a negotiated settlement.

Wernick has since twice spoken to a committee of lawmakers investigating the case, and during that testimony both defended his actions on the SNC file and warned about the risk of foreign election interference, as “blame Putin” has become traditional Plan B plan for most politicians seeing their careers go up in flames.

“I’m deeply concerned about my country right now, its politics and where it’s headed. I worry about foreign interference in the upcoming election,” he said in his first appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, before repeating the warning a second time this month. “If that was seen as alarmist, so be it. I was pulling the alarm. We need a public debate about foreign interference.”

Because somehow foreign interference has something to do with Wenick’s alleged corruption.

Incidentally, as we wonder what the real reason is behind Wernick’s swift departure, we are confident we will know soon enough.

Anyway, back to the now former clerk, who is meant to be non-partisan in service of the government of the day, also criticized comments by a Conservative senator and praised one of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers.

Wernick’s testimony was criticized as overly cozy with the ruling Liberals. Murray Rankin, a New Democratic Party lawmaker, asked the clerk how lawmakers could “do anything but conclude that you have in fact crossed the line into partisan activity?” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said he seemed “willing to interfere in partisan fashion for whoever is in power.”

Whatever Wernick’s true motives, he is the latest but not last in what will be a long line of cabinet departures as the SNC scandal exposes even more corruption in Trudeau’s cabinet (some have ironically pointed out that Canada’s “beloved” prime minister could be gone for actual corruption long before Trump). Trudeau had already lost a top political aide, Gerald Butts, to the scandal. A second minister, Jane Philpott, followed Wilson-Raybould in quitting cabinet.

Separately, on Monday, Trudeau appointed a former deputy prime minister in a Liberal government, Anne McLellan, as a special adviser to investigate some of the legal questions raised by the controversy. They include how governments should interact with the attorney general and whether that role should continue to be held by the justice minister.

As Bloomberg notes, the increasingly shaky Liberal government hasn’t ruled out helping SNC by ordering a deferred prosecution agreement in the corruption and bribery case, which centers around the company’s work in Moammar Qaddafi’s Libya. Doing so would allow the company to pay a fine and avoid any ban on receiving government contracts. That decision is up to the current attorney general, David Lametti; of course, such an action would only raise tensions amid speculation that the government is pushing for a specific political, and favorable for Trudeau, outcome.

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