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Wyspiański was right: the key to understanding Polish reality is dream. We are thrashing around feverishly, tormented by phantoms and nightmares, and, at the same time, we do not want to wake up. We are living as if in a trance – kept in this state for a decade by a demonic hypnotist, Jarosław Kaczyński. This is the only explanation why the book of Grzegorz Rzeczkowski, truly horrifying, sensational, and compiling disturbing facts in an incisive and sharp way, does not initiate the Watergate scandal of the Law and Justice Party, but somehow eludes all alarms which a conscious nation should have to survive as a free and independent being. The alarms which should have gone off a long time ago.

The journalist stands in for the Polish intelligence agencies, tardy in dealing with the case or even indifferent towards the country’s safety. His analytical effort clearly shows that the socalled tap scandal of 2014 was not, as it is claimed, a sudden whim of an unruly businessman and his waiters from one of Warsaw restaurants for VIPs, but a precise operation of the Russian secret service aimed at bringing about a political revolution in Poland. On the one hand, they wanted to strike at the heart of Tusk’s government, who got involved in Ukraine, and on the other hand, to carry Poland away from the European Union and strengthen the political formations contesting the Western system of values. Last but not least, they wanted to prevent the Polish government from taking Russian coal off the market. 

According to Rzeczkowski, thanks to their influence in Polish politics, media, secret service, and business, the Russians managed to achieve these goals. An internal beneficiary of this political scheming was the Law and Justice Party, which came to power in 2015. An openended question put by Rzeczkowski is whether in 2014 or late 2013 there was some kind of conspiracy between the then opposition (the Law and Justice Party) and Moscow or whether Putin’s people helped Kaczyński’s party win the elections while doing their own business. The journalist believes that this question should be addressed by a Sejm investigative committee. At the same time, he adds that the Law and Justice party is not interested in clarifying the mystery. 

The more so, if there is no investigation that could help solve the greatest Polish political scandal since the martial law period, we should, Ladies and Gentlemen, read Grzegorz Rzeczkowski’s book and get acquainted with the facts provided therein. I truly encourage you to do so, especially because what you will find there is more sensational than 95 per cent of novels, films, and TV series classified as political fiction. 

Grzegorz Rzeczkowski, ‘Obcym alfabetem. Jak ludzie Kremla i PiS zagrali podsłuchami’, published by Arbitror, Warsaw 2019

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