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Russian View of the Polish Presidential Election

10 August 2020

A common feature of Russia’s assessment of Poland is that although Polish society is politically divided, what unites most Poles is hostility to Russia.

The recent presidential election in Poland was undoubtedly one of the most important political events in Europe this year. Many of the contexts associated with the election campaign, but especially with the election results, are now – and will likely remain – the subject of detailed analysis and reflection.

In Poland, the key decision was over the direction of this large European state in the domestic political, social and economic areas, the state of the rule of law, the system of human rights protections, the operation of public and independent media, social policy and economic strategies.

The external context was no less significant since the impact of the election results on Poland’s relationships with its neighbours (from Germany through the V4 countries to Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia), the European Union, the US and NATO can be considered extremely important.

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov is a political scientist and the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Slovakia. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies, illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, populism, nationalism and hybrid threats in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries.

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