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A few days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 28, minister Janusz Cieszyński – responsible for digital transformation, announced that Poland’s Internal Security Agency has blocked access to websites spreading Russian propaganda (including Sputnik News and RT).
- At the time, Mr. Cieszyński described the pace at which online platforms were blocking pro-Russian disinformation as "astonishingly slow"- says Magdalena Łośko, a Civic Coalition MP. - Meanwhile, 201 days after Russia's aggression against Ukraine, Russian propaganda is still rife and rampant on the Polish internet! Access to news and the website of the Kremlin’s and Putin’s main propaganda mouthpiece - the Russian News Agency TASS - is unlimited. The question arises, what has failed that the website of the Kremlin's main propaganda mouthpiece operates without any control and restrictions?
In a written question to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki submitted on Tuesday, September 13, the Civic Coalition MP asked:
Just how deep the Russian and Belarusian influence on the ruling Law and Justice Party and the entire United Right coalition government can run was recently discussed by the former head of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service, General Piotr Pytel. In an interview for Wyborcza, he referred to the leaked emails of the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff as "Putin's operation". – It is the first such major Russian incursion into our infosphere. We can only see a small portion of this operation – only what is in the leaked e-mails. But there are many targets and invisible layers of influence there. Among other things, the channel publishing the leaked emails aims to create the right conditions for the agents of influence inside the Law and Justice Party to operate as a result of the exerted pressure. Pressure on Mateusz Morawiecki’s inner circle and the PM’s Chancellery- on people whose names appear in these emails or might appear in the future. It’s not just about PM Morawiecki - he himself may even be a Russian agent. We don't know what the status of individual people, or so-called objects, is for the Russians on their operational roadmap.
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