In the spring of 2018, I travelled from Warsaw to the town of Montrose, on the east coast of Scotland, to meet a fringe Polish politician who has dedicated his life to overturning Europe’s post-1989 political settlement.
A native of the southeastern Polish city of Lublin, he was the deputy leader of an overtly pro-Russian marginal political party calling for a radical re-orientation in Polish foreign policy. Describing itself as “the first non-American political party in Poland,” it was anti-capitalist, anti-Nato and anti-EU, and had ties both to the global extreme far-right and to foreign pro-Russian actors, including the Donbass rebels in eastern Ukraine and proxies for the Assad regime in Syria. This politician (who in this piece I need to keep anonymous) had moved to Scotland after his party’s leader was detained by Polish security services on suspicion of espionage on behalf of Russia and China. A…
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