Russia is judged by the "Katyn case"

The court for human rights in the French Strasbourg is considering a lawsuit by several Polish citizens against Russia. This lawsuit is related to the so-called “Katyn case”. The Poles who filed the lawsuit intend to seek from Russia that our country recognize the fact of mass murder not only at the political level, but also in the legal field. It seemed to the Poles that not only did the highest Russian authorities with their heads bowed down and, with their eyes cast down, already recognized the mass execution of Polish officers in the forests near Smolensk. Now the plaintiffs want Russia to treat them as descendants of victims of war crimes.

The military prosecutor’s office of our country did not agree with such a statement of the question, suggesting that the crime in Katyn is of a general criminal nature. And since the perpetrators of the crime have long since died, it is also pointless to start the court. Incidentally, this case has already been considered by the Russian justice system, starting with 1990, but it was closed in 2004 with the formulation about the death of the accused.

It is necessary to recognize the obvious fact that the plaintiffs would hardly have acted against Russia on their own behalf. It can be said with complete certainty that certain political forces, which would benefit from exposing Russia in the form of an eastern monster, “promoted” them to this. At the same time, the same political forces are trying not only to bring Russia to the fact of recognition at the legal level of the fact of war crimes, but also to pay a serious indemnity.
However, not at all blocking out those who ordered the execution of more than 20-ti thousand Polish soldiers in 1940, I would like to remind the Polish side (and the plaintiffs themselves) that in the period from 1919 to 1922-th year in Polish concentration camps were destroyed according to various sources from 25 to 83's thousands of Red Army soldiers. Moreover, the destruction was carried out in the most barbaric ways. According to the testimony preserved in the archives and published in the media, one can judge the cruelty of the one and a half hundred thousand fighters of the Red Army who were captured. These testimonies suggest that the Red Army men in the Polish camps were subjected to terrible torture: they beat them with rods of rusty barbed wire, burned out a five-pointed star on their bodies, starved them and simply killed them with rifle butts. The Minister of Justice of the Polish State, Mrs. Sukhotskaya, claimed that the Russian military prosecutor’s office back in 1998 had stated that there would be no investigation of this, since there were no concentration camps in Poland, they said. Hannu Suhotskaya, then one of the correspondents asked: where did tens of thousands of prisoners of war from Soviet Russia disappeared then? She answered the question as follows: they died as a result of "post-war conditions." Iron logic, do not say anything! Why then did not the Polish soldiers die? This question, of course, remained unanswered.

By the way, it is necessary to remind how the Red Army men appeared on the territory of Poland. In 1919, the Polish leader Józef Pilsudski decided to restore the Polish borders of the 1772 model of the year - the border of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. To implement his plan, Pilsudski didn’t need much to seize Soviet Belarus, part of Soviet Ukraine and the western territories of Russia (almost to Smolensk). During the war, Polish forces carried out the most genuine ethnic cleansing in the territories of modern Belarus, Ukraine and Russia: mass executions of the Jewish population were carried out, families of red commanders were destroyed, and looting and violence flourished in the occupied cities. As a result of the war, Poland seized parts of the Western Belarusian and Western Ukrainian lands. More than 150 of thousands of soldiers and commanders of the Red Army, most of whom perished in the Polish camps, were captured. One of these camps was Tucholsky. According to official statistics only here more than 22-x thousand fighters of the Red Army died from hunger, torture and epidemics.

The fate of almost 60 of thousands of Red Army soldiers caught in Polish captivity is still unknown.

However, the Polish authorities stubbornly refuse to raise the issue of the events of that time, but they are stubbornly trying to catch the fish in the muddy waters of the Katyn case. As we remember, an impressive delegation of the Polish elite, headed by President Kaczynski, was sent to Katyn in order to honor the memory of the executed Polish officers. How it ended, we also remember. But for some reason, the Russian side is stubbornly not invited to the place where the death camps were once located on Polish territory in order to worship the Red Army soldiers tortured in captivity.

In this situation, the classic policy of double standards appears. This policy towards Russia can be considered commonplace on the part of the states of the former social camp. Thus, Poland, echoing the United States, is trying to disown its war crimes and draw Russia into controversy over the start of World War II.

If today we do not dot the i representatives of the Russian authorities, then in the future we can already be forced to admit that this is the USSR on a par with fascist Germany unleashed the war in September of 1939.

Analyzing this situation, the head of the Academy of Geopolitics, Leonid Ivashov, says that why should Russia not bring a counterclaim to Poland over the 1611-1612 years, when False Dmitry with its puppeteers tried to get the Russian crown. Then, in this case, the statute of limitations did not expire at all, since it can also be included in the category of war crimes.

It is worth noting that it’s time for Russia to get used to it, that Western puppets, one of which is Poland, will continue to try to discredit our state. In this regard, it is worth waiting for a positive decision for the Polish plaintiffs of the Strasbourg court. It is simply time for Russia to stop political flirting with states like Poland. It is necessary once to hit the fist on the table, so much so that no one has more desire to rummage through dirty laundry.
Alexey Volodin
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