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Poland - 15-21 February 2016

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15 February 2016 

The Polish Radio Information Agency (Polish: IAR) broadcast a news item entitled: “Russia is outraged with Turkey and warns of a war.” (Polish: Rosja oburzona na Turcję i ostrzega przed wojną). The IAR’s information was reprinted in an abbreviated version, among others, by the Polish daily “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”.

The information broadcast by IAR was based on the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

– Russian diplomats claim that the Turkish artillery delivers fire towards Syrian villages and towards the positions of the army of Bashar al-Asad. “There are numerous casualties among civilians. Also, homes and infrastructure have been destroyed” – the special report of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads. Moscow blames Turkey also for extending help to jihadists who, in full battle gear, get across to the Syrian territory in order to – as it was phrased – “fill up the thinned-out ranks of the terrorist organizations’ squads” – IAR informs.

The background to that statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the growing tension between Russia and Turkey in connection with the involvement of both countries in the civil war in Syria. On 15 February 2016 information appeared about a missile attack on a hospital in the city of Azaz. Civilians died. Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia of it. The failure to present the context of the issuing of the statement by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that is, the fact that the Russian Ministry, by accusing Turkey, actually defended itself against Turkey’s earlier accusations, contributes to accepting uncritically the Russian point of view.

On 18 February 2016

On the website Kresy.pl there appeared a text entitled: “Russian agriculture is experiencing an unprecedented boom because of the sanctions”

The article says that the Western sanctions imposed on Russia are remarkably beneficial for its agriculture.

In 2016 Russia may become a leader in the export of wheat and it may return to its former position, lost after the overthrow of the Tsarist regime, namely to the times in which the Tsarist empire had a reputation as the breadbasket of Europe” – the author claims. And, considering it to be the result of the Western European sanctions, he adds: – “As Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared, the agriculture adapted itself very quickly to the new circumstances and even managed to encompass the niche agricultural production. The import of food is replaced to the maximum degree by the domestic products.”

In fact, the reason for the increase in the export of the Russian wheat is the decline in the value of the Russian rouble against the dollar, which makes its price competitive compared with the other entities of the market. The weakening of the rouble is considered to be the main reason for the export growth even by the Russian propaganda

The statement that the sanctions imposed by the Western European countries are not harmful to Russia, but, on the contrary, beneficial, aims at demonstrating the inadequacy and short-sightedness of the tough policy of the West towards Russia.

19 February 2016

On the website konserwatyzm.pl there appeared an article entitled: “Is Russia a Katechon?”

According to the author, contemporary Russia has become the last defender of traditional values and the force that stops the arrival of the Apocalypse (cfr. katechon – a biblical concept: something that stops the arrival of the Antichrist).

Here are a few quotations:

the defence of Christianity has started to be treated in Russia as an important element of building international relations. It constitutes the counterbalance to the Western secular vision of the world”.

The only countries in which the traditional concept of a family is still strong are the Islamic countries and the Christian Orthodox countries (...), which are accused by the West of being authoritarian (Russia, Belarus). Today, Poland has found itself in a strange situation, as the political and economic relations (the European Union) and the political and military relations (NATO) link us to the West, whereas our still strong cultural tradition, which wants us to defend ourselves against the revolution in social life, links us to the world of the Christian Orthodoxy.”

The pro-Russian attitude for the Polish conservative environments is a choice of a civilization nature. (...) Russia has become, for the Christian conservatives, an authentic Katechon.”

The article contains ideological interpretations which demonstrate that Vladimir Putin and Russia are the main conservative force in the world and that the cooperation with them is the only right choice for the Polish conservative environments. That theory is totally convergent with the Russian perspective. Still in December 2013 a plan was uncovered by the Russian Strategic Communication Centre, associated with Kremlin, according to which plan Vladimir Putin was to become the leader of the conservatives of the entire world who stand up to the corrupt Western liberalism and tolerance. The article: “Is Russia a Katechon?” (Polish: Czy Rosja jest Katechonem?) is structured as a scientific text, with a number of references to the Polish history and it constitutes a specific intellectual base for the union of the Polish conservatives with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.