Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Wyborcza.pl – According to the biggest private daily, the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) used an Israeli-made application, Pegasus, spyware that can eavesdrop on conversations and harvest information from smartphones, to investigate Grzegorz Napieralski, a left-wing politician. On Wednesday, the minister of justice published some records of the testimony of Marcin W.'s, and Napieralski's name is one of the few mentioned. Marcin W. is an associate of Marek Falenta, the man at the centre of a 2014 scandal involving the secret recording of politicians of the then government. Marcin W. testified that Napieralski was asking for a bribe, and then the CBA decided to infiltrate Napieralski's phone.
TVPInfo.pl – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story that the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) had arrested three entrepreneurs accused of giving bribes in public tenders organised by the Polish Gas Company (Polska Spolka Gazownictwa, PSG). According to TVPInfo.pl, the arrested entrepreneurs were bribing a former director of PSG. The CBA said the director had accepted over PLN 160,000 (EUR 33,539) in bribes.
rp.pl – According to the Rzeczpospolita daily, there will be a meeting of the Russian opposition in Poland. Rzeczpospolita wrote that the meeting will take place at the beginning of November in Jablonna (near Warsaw) and over 50 former Russian MPs and local authority officials will participate. The goal is to prepare a strategy for "post-Putin" (Russian president Vladimir) Russia and to create a plan of resistance to Putin's regime
RMF24.pl – The biggest private radio broadcaster carried a story that prices of candles increased 19.1 percent y/y. In Poland, during All Saints Day (November 1) there is a tradition to light candles on family graves. According to research conducted by UCE Research and Hiper-Com Poland, published by PAP, the biggest increase took place in supermarkets. There prices went up by 38.2 percent. Authors of the research said that right before All Saints Day, candles will be even more expensive due to high energy prices and the fact that half the paraffin used for their production is imported.