Former Polish intelligence officers charged over Russia connections

  • Benedikt Zimmermann
  • 18.12.2017 12:53

Three former senior officers of Poland's SKW military intelligence service who were arrested on 6 December are being charged with acting for the benefit of the Russian domestic secret service, FSB. The detained Generals Piotr Pytel, Krzysztof Dusza, and Janusz Nosek face up to 10 years in prison for having unauthorized contacts with Russian intelligence and “operating on behalf of a foreign intelligence service”.

According to Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz, by participating in these contacts after the crash of a Polish government jet at Smolensk in 2010, the commanders overstepped their legal competencies. According to Prosecutor Michal Dziekański, the three SKW generals signed an agreement with the FSB to block any kind of NATO involvement in the case. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who was Poland's Prime Minister during this period, was questioned on the matter and expressed support for the detained generals. Opposition politicians dismissed the accusations as political manoeuvres and called for Macierewicz's resignation. Since the crisis in Ukraine, Russia is increasingly perceived as a threat in Poland, the host state of NATO's recently established Center of Excellence for Intelligence.

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