The Fringe Left and Not-So-Fringe Right

The Polish supporters of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

15 March 2022

Adam Leszczyński

Marcin Król Fellow

There is no mercy in Poland for Western public figures who supported Putin in the past.

When Italian right-wing politician Matteo Salvini visited Przemyśl on 8 March, the mayor of this mid-sized town close to the Polish – Ukrainian border made sure to make his visit memorable.

‘Come with me to the border and condemn him,’ mayor Wojciech Bakun said, inviting Salvini to wear the t-shirt with Putin, similar to the one Salvini wore in the past, and visit with him a refugee centre ‘to see what your friend Putin has done.’

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Adam Leszczyński

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Journalist, sociologist and historian with an equal interest in academia as well as working as a senior writer at OKO.press, a non-profit, investigative journalist and fact-checking project, created to preserve freedom of speech and secure access to information in Poland. His main focuses are on Polish politics and history, with special emphasis on the government’s politics of memory.

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