"The aim is very plain and clear: to declare war on Russia in the sphere of symbols, to provoke Russian authorities, to dig a deep dividing precipice between the Polish and Russian peoples".
On Thursday Fort-Russ published a letter in English, written by famous political prisoner, Mateusz Piskorski. The letter was first published in Polish Sputnik.
"On January 17th, the Polish political prisoner Dr. Mateusz Piskorski, who has been in prison in Warsaw on no official charges since May 18, 2016, was sentenced once again to "temporary arrest" until March 1st, 2018.
Despite the fact that January 18th, 2018 was set as the deadline for keeping Dr. Piskorski in detention without formal charges, the presiding judge extended his arrest on grounds of "flight risk."
Just the day before, on January 16th, Piskorski's appeal regarding being violently beaten by an Internal Security Agency officer on April 25th, 2017, was postponed - also until March 1st.
In the meanwhile, Sputnik Polska has received and published the latest of Piskorski's letters from behind bars, this time on the recent government campaign to liquidate monuments to the Red Army throughout Poland. Like all the others, this letter arrived with a stamp indicating that it had been checked and censured by the prosecutor."
Here is the orginal letter, translated by the Fort-Russ:
Poland is no longer a country for normal people. Sometimes I think that some kind of catastrophe has to happen here so that people would wake up from the paralysis of stupidity. For example, take the situation with monuments. Here are a few bitter remarks of mine concerning the case of monuments to the Red Army…
Emotions, symbols, and the interpretation of history make up an important part of politics. The case with monuments is not marginal here. Just what monuments are placed by the authorities of a given country tells us a lot about the political direction of said country’s leadership - and maybe even more about the trajectory of its meta-politics, because monuments are intended to shape identity not only today, but also the identity of future generations.
The destruction of monuments and memorials to the soldiers of the Red Army in Poland is an act of historical, symbolic war which the Polish authorities have declared not only against the contemporary Russian Federation, but against all those peoples who partook in the Great Victory of 1945, as well as all those Poles whose ancestors fought in the ranks of the 1st and 2nd Polish Armies alongside Soviet soldiers.
In so doing, Poland is symbolically standing on the side of not even modern Germany, which still cares for its monuments to the victors of the Second World War, but alongside such countries as Ukraine, Estonia, or Latvia, on the side of the neo-Nazi narrative. Poland is destroying monuments to those thanks to whom Poles are alive today; meanwhile, they are putting up monuments to those extreme right-wing bandits who murdered Poles following 1945.
This problem can also, of course, be considered from a purely legal standpoint. The Polish side is breaking international obligations and ignoring agreements with the Russian Federation by destroying memorial sites listed in the annex of 1992. Nobody here cares about the law, nobody here remembers the principle of the supremacy of international law and ratified treaties over domestic law. Logically speaking, Warsaw should have first denounced or re-negotiated and changed the existing agreements with Moscow. The neo-Nazi Institute of National Remembrance - this contemporary Polish “history police” - is violating binding law.
In 2016, I submitted a relevant complaint to law enforcement agencies on this matter. They did not respond. Soon after I became a political prisoner for my views, probably on this matter too.
I come from the Western Lands, from the city of Szczecin, which Poland regained thanks to the outcome and as a result of the victory over Hitler’s Germany. Before, there lived Germans and a very small group of national minorities, including Poles. The situation was similar in the cities of Trzcianka, Legnica, and hundreds of others in which monuments and memorials are being demolished today. Whom did the Red Army under the command of Pavel Batov, Ivan Konev, or Georgy Zhukov fight on these lands? Who, as Polish authorities say today, did they have to shoot or enslave? Is it not members of the SS units that fought to the very end of the war, the Wehrmacht, and later the German guerrillas known as the Wehrwolf? It is in fact in defense of the latter that Polish authorities are standing today by liquidating memorial sites and the very memories of the bloodshed and the casualties sustained there by the invincible Red Army.
Will the next step be putting up monuments to German Nazis? Or maybe they want to, in doing such, symbolically return these lands to the Germans? What is the aim of this insane, hateful, and aggressive historical policy?
The aim is very plain and clear: to declare war on Russia in the sphere of symbols, to provoke Russian authorities, to dig a deep dividing precipice between the Polish and Russian peoples.
The people who inhabit these lands today do not want sites of historical memory to be liquidated, and many local councilmen are against this [campaign]. Hence why this entire symbolic aggression is being waged by the central authorities without asking the opinion of locals. The aim of the radically Russophobic Law and Justice Party (PiS) is reformatting Poles’ memory and minds. Future generations in Poland will not know at all that Europe was liberated from Hitlerism by the Soviet Union. PiS will insist in schools that we owe everything to the Americans.
The historical policy of the war party that has been ruling Poland for years does not take into account facts, logic, ethics, or even respect for the deceased and fallen, which is part of every culture.
Now leaving the monuments standing would mean a dissonance among Poles that would be dangerous for the Polish authorities - after all, if Russia has been declared the enemy and aggressor, from whom US military bases are here to protect us, then any presentation of Red Army soldiers as heroes does not fit such a political scheme.
Few today are protesting the historical aggression waged by PiS. The Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreyev, has rationally and diplomatically pointed out the fatal international consequences of this policy.
There are also righteous Poles, such as Jerzy Tyc and his Kursk association, which have for years been taking care of monuments from the last war. Looking with horror upon the ruling war party in Poland, I would very much like Jerzy Tyc to be the face which Russians associate with this country. This would proudly allow today’s Russians to look at Poland not through the prism of the utterly idiotic and hateful faces of Polish politicians, but the ordinary, decent people that are still left here. And maybe one day they will rebuild the monuments being destroyed today…
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According to: Fort-Russ