Olszanski was sentenced to 20 months behind bars and handed a fine by a court in Bydgoszcz for calling for the murder of parliamentarians during a demonstration. He, therefore, had to limit his public activity while he was incarcerated.
On the Youtube channel he runs with Osadowski (which has been blocked by the site), he does not hesitate to insult, hurl vulgarities and even threaten one of his viewers with cutting off his head with a bayonet or raping one of his deputies.
A united Putinist camp?
How is it possible that people with such different views and backgrounds are brought together at the same marches and conferences, and even work together? Is there a risk that Sykulsky's dreams will come true and the united Putinist camp will gain more popularity?
There are several common denominators that make it possible for them to act together despite all their differences. Certainly, the sympathy for Russia stems from the dislike of everything associated with the West. Right-wingers rally for the decline of the Atlantic-Western world, and see Russia as a motherland of healthy values. On the other hand, communists and socialists criticise the neoliberal tendencies prevailing in Western countries. There are also those who use arguments from the realm of "realpolitik," i.e. that it is not profitable for Poland to enter into disputes with its neighbour.
Russia is, of course, by no means a reservoir of traditional ideas. Social issues such as alcoholism, prostitution, and drug abuse are rife. More often than in Europe, parents in Russia abandon their children and opt for divorce. Social inequality is also greater than in Western European countries. The oligarchy is doing well, the rich pay very low taxes, and a sizable portion of citizens outside the largest metropolises don't even have access to toilets.
Attendance at these kinds of demonstrations in Poland is still relatively small. And in a country afflicted by Soviet communism and modern Russian imperialism, it is difficult to find pro-Moscow sympathies. Apart from sympathies for Russia, these people are differ in almost every other way, so there are conflicts between them. The biggest one occurred after the march: Sykulski declared his intention to lay a wreath on May 9 on the graves of Soviet soldiers. This was probably meant to be a gesture to the left-wing part of the community, as was the organisation of a march on Labour Day. However, this was too much for the right-wing apologists for Russia and Pitoń himself, who decided to end his cooperation with Sykulski.
This does not mean, however, that it is not worth being on guard. There is always a risk of direct Russian inspiration in such movements. This is already happening on a large scale in other countries. "The Washington Post" got hold of documents showing that Russia tried to bring about an alliance between Germany's far left and far right, namely Die Linke and AFD, to influence German public opinion and undermine aid to Ukraine.
– Bartosz Oszczepalski
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists
–Translated by Roberto Galea