Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Poles post protest postcards to Putin

By Aussiegirl

Putin steps in it again according to the Poles:

A Polish magazine has called on its readers to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a postcard depicting him as the long-nosed lying fairy tale character Pinocchio for presenting a "Stalinist version of history."

The campaign comes amid a rise of anti-Russian sentiment in Poland and drew a statement of concern from Russia's foreign ministry about a "worsening atmosphere" in bilateral ties. Many in Poland were angered by Putin's May 9 Red Square speech marking the end of World War II in Europe, in which he failed to condemn the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland as many had hoped.

In response, this week's issue of Wprost magazine comes with a pre-addressed postcard that reads "With greetings for Putinocchio" above the computer-generated image.

On the other side, a brief text in Polish and Russian asks Putin to apologize for failing to condemn the 1939 secret Nazi-Soviet pact, which set the stage for World War II.

. . . Russia, meanwhile, raised Poland's ire in March when the country's top military prosecutor said an investigation into the 1940 Katyn forest executions of 21,768 Polish military officers, intellectuals and priests had concluded that the massacre did not constitute genocide. The Soviet secret police executed the prisoners, taken during the invasion of Poland, on Josef Stalin's orders.


At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pressure on the Kremlin will be never ending - this coupled with $20/barrel oil means they will need to lose their imperious posturing real quick.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Putinoccio! I love it!

I was wondering how long before Poles tore into Old Put. His WWII comments were guaranteed to infuriate anybody, but Poland has more reason than most to be angry. I`m going to link this one up.


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