Poland 18-24 January 2016

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18 January 2016 

On the website of the Polish daily paper “Super Express” there appeared an article entitled: “Berlin: a 13-year-old girl kidnapped and raped by a group of immigrants”.

The article, published in the typical tabloid style, informed the readers about a gang rape inflicted by a group of immigrants on a 13-year-old German girl of Russian origin. However, it did not quote any sources. Earlier, in the Polish Internet the same story was published by a number of right-wing and nationalist websites and portals. For example:

However, the first to have presented that story on 16 January 2016, in the main edition of the news programme, was the Russian state-owned television network “Piervyi Kanal”.

It soon turned out that there was no rape. The information from the Russian TV was contradicted by the German police, according to whose account 13-year-old Lisa had indeed been reported missing, however she had already been found and she had not been a victim of a rape. Despite that, the news about the rape was still spread by the Russian media, which media only added a piece of information to the same news item stating that the police were not in a hurry to initiate the investigation in that matter, as they were probably driven by the political correctness.

Neither the portal (“Super Express”) nor the website informed their readers about the controversies around that case.

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis and after the events in Cologne the Russian media have distinctly used the theme of the threat posed by the refugees to the citizens of the EU countries, fuelling fears of the European society and, consequently, aiming at the strengthening of the confrontation inside Europe.

22 January 2016 

On the website there appeared a text by Konrad Rękas entitled “Who has a stupid mother” (Polish: “Kto ma głupią matkę”). 

The article is dedicated to the visit of the Polish Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister to Russia and explains why this visit is not going to bring about any concrete solutions. The author puts the entire blame for that on the Polish side, enumerating its “sins”: “the president and the government continue to sponsor the authorities in Kiev – which means that they sponsor the continuation of the war in Donbass; the Ministry of National Defence (MON) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSZ), even in defiance of the position of the other NATO countries, attempt to create a “fait accompli” by bringing to Poland the Western army, consequently creating a threat of transferring the war onto our territory; not even by a centimetre has the absurd position of Warsaw changed towards NordStream 2, (...) the main message in the talks with Russia has now become the “Case on the Smolensk Air Crush” and not, for instance, the ending of the economic war with the Russian Federation; the main news programme “Wiadomości”, already being manipulated by the propagandists from the political party Law and Justice (Polish: Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, abbreviated to PiS), has only made more radical the tone of the statements on the Eastern matters.”

Those opinions are very similar to what the Russian media and the Russian authorities have been accusing Poland of over the last few years. The author is building the conviction that the blame for the difficult relations between Poland and Russia lies completely with Warsaw. Konrad Rękas is the Deputy President of the European Centre of Geopolitical Analyses (Polish: Europejskie Centrum Analiz Geopolitycznych), which often participates in different political campaigns publicised by the media, organized by the Russian state institutions (e.g. the observation of the so-called referendum in the Gagauz autonomy in Moldova in 2013 or the referendum in Crimea).

His article has been reprinted by the portal, which is distinctly connected with the website and which reprints his most important texts.