Russian Lawmaker Threatens Poland For Hard-Line On Conflict

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was interviewed recently and took a very aggressive tone toward what he views as Russia’s current imperialist policies. Poland has had a strained relationship with Russia even before the war. And with Russia cutting off energy to the country, the rhetoric has only increased.

In response to Morawiecki’s public comments, including an op-ed piece where he expanded on these themes, Oleg Morozov, chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on Control, said that Poland was next in line for de-Nazification. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has also publicly threatened Poland as well.

One of Russian Vladimir Putin’s justifications for invading Ukraine was the allegation that the country had a strong Nazi element that was a direct threat to Russia. The Western media has tried to gloss over some aspects of the story, particularly the history of the Azov Battalion. There is no doubt that there are neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine, but it is an open question as to how big they are and the extent they influence Ukraine’s actions. Whatever the answer is, a strong majority of Russians believe there is a strong Nazi presence in the country.

Morozov claiming that Poland also has Nazi elements that must be rooted out is not an idle threat. From the Russian perspective, Nazism is a deadly ideology. This concept is deeply rooted in their culture. Somewhere north of 17 million civilians died in World War II at the hands of the Germans.

This number does not include the over 6 million combat deaths of Russian soldiers. There are some estimates that the total number of wartime deaths for the Russians was close to 45 million people. These types of losses for a country impact it for generations, and they don’t throw the word around lightly.

The participation of NATO in Ukraine has cost Russian lives. As weapons continue to be shipped to Ukrainian forces through neighboring countries, like Poland, those nations are already drawing the attention of Russia. But the growing tensions and irreverent language is bringing all NATO member nations closer to war.