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Selling out to Russia?

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Poland’s parliament this week began investigating whether the country’s richest man met with a Russian spy to help sell a Gdansk oil refinery to the Russians. The businessman, Jan Kulczyk, is accused of acting at the behest of Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, whose party is filled with former communists with ties to Russia. “This scandal shows that talk of free markets and capitalism are just slogans,” said Zbigniew Wasserman, a member of the parliamentary committee investigating the sale. “This reveals it’s all about who you know.” But leaders of the former communist party said right wingers in the parliament were simply trying to smear them by playing on anti-Russian sentiment.

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