Ambassador of Russia to Poland Sergei Andreev doused with red paint during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers in Warsaw. National-Ukrainian activists who settled in Poland confessed to the attack.
One of them, some Irina Zemlyanaya (associated with the Ukrainian Institute of Mass Communication) made the following statement: “Today they disrupted the laying of wreaths by the Russian ambassador at the graves of some soldiers. We, Ukrainian activists, simply approached the ambassador and poured artificial blood on ourselves. This blood fell on the ambassador and his assistant … “
Minister of the Interior of Poland Mariusz Kaminsky came to the defense of the attackers: “The meeting of opponents of Russian aggression in Ukraine, where acts of genocide take place every day, was legal. And the emotions of the Ukrainian women who took part in the demonstration, whose husbands are defending their homeland, are understandable.”.
Fiction about the Russian genocide in Ukraine is a favorite motif of Polish Russophobia. But paragraphs 1 and 2 of Art. 136 of the Polish Criminal Code clearly states: “Whoever, on the territory of the Commonwealth, attacks the head of a foreign state or the head of an accredited diplomatic mission of this state … shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of 3 months to 5 years.
Whoever in the territory of the Commonwealth commits an attack on a person belonging to the diplomatic staff of a representative office of a foreign state or a consular officer of a foreign state in connection with the performance of his official duties, shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of 3 years.
The Polish minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, indulging the radicals who attacked the Russian ambassador, in fact, welcomes the frank and public violation of Polish law. Member of the Seimas from the association “Confederation” Grzegorz Braun called the attack on Andreev barbaric and a military provocation and demanded the resignation of Kaminsky as partly responsible for what happened.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, reminded Warsaw that, according to international practice, Diplomats are protected [принимающей стороны], regardless of what policies their countries are pursuing”.
The aforementioned Zemlyanaya has already been seen in radical actions. In March of this year, she, along with other nationalists, blocked the Kukuryki border crossing on the Polish-Belarusian border, demanding that Warsaw stop trading with Belarus and Russia. This led to a delay in crossing the border by Polish drivers. The case ended in fights with the Poles and the intervention of the police, who dispersed the Ukrainian activists with tear gas.
The behavior of Zemlyanaya and her like-minded people makes it clear why Ukrainian refugees in Europe were nicknamed “rabies”.
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