Michnik believes that the Polish government has the “psychopath” Putin as a model

The Polish journalist Adam Michnik has warned this Tuesday that the Government of his country, despite formally maintaining its support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, has “as a State model” that of “psychopath” Vladimir Putin and, although he opposes war, is “putinizing” Poland.

Michnik (Warsaw, 1946) made these statements at the press conference that he offered three days before receiving the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities in Oviedo for a career that has made him “a symbol of the freedom of expression and humanism, as well as an ethical example of resistance against authoritarian threats”.

For the founder and director of the most important newspaper in Poland, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, despite the will of the Polish government to liquidate justice and the independent media – “it is a paradox, they are anti-putin Putinists” – the political drift of his country is “very dangerous” despite the fact that, in the case of the invasion of Ukraine, “they speak with one voice” to reject the aggression.

“It is a conflict in which the future of Europe is at stake, Putin is acting with the logic that Hitler used in his day,” he stressed after stressing that the Russian president’s rhetoric “is a copy of Hitler’s ‘Anschluss’ in 1938”, the demand of the Nazi Government to annex Austria and other territories, and that it is necessary to affirm it in this way “even if it is brutal”.

Then, he recalled, the policy of appeasement of the Western democracies led to the Second World War since they refused to “clearly say no to Hitler”, something that, in his opinion, is happening in the case of the conflict in Ukraine and that, otherwise, Putin could continue to “loot and rape, and as long as he can, the world will not be a safe place.”

“Excited” with his visit to Asturias to receive a “magnificent” award, Michnik has pointed out that, despite being a country as polarized as the United States, there is a general consensus when it comes to judging the aggression of “the imperial Russia of Putin” against a sovereign country like Ukraine, with which all the rules have been broken and in which war “on truth and freedom” has been declared.

Michnik believes that the Polish government has the “psychopath” Putin as a model