Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVPInfo.pl – Public broadcaster TVPInfo led with a story on its website about a historian claiming that Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice, the governing party, has been the subject of a campaign of disinformation and lies. Slawomir Cenckiewicz, accused the opposition of "anti-Kaczism" and of harbouring the intent to "destroy all standards and principles." One of the "fake news" stories, he added, was that the Kaczynski family were given a luxurious home in Warsaw.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote that the law firm that worked on a deal on behalf of PKN Orlen, one of Poland's largest state-owned companies, was also advising Daniel Obajtek, Orlen's CEO. The paper alleges that the firm, SMM Legal, was at the centre of a conflict of interest. SMM Legal, the paper also claimed, was linked to the husband of a government minister.
TVN24.pl – In an interview for private news network TVN24, Piotr Wozniak, a former government minister and ex-president of the fuels company PGNiG, said that the prices set at filling stations in Poland may have been subjected to some form of price fixing. His comments came after there was no immediate rise in the price of petrol despite the VAT rate returning to its normal rate of 23 percent from 8 percent. The lack of increase indicates that the price was set at a unusually high level last year.
Rp.pl – An alleged Russian spy, who was arrested last year, was given security clearance by the head of the ABW, Poland's internal security agency, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported. Tomasz L., had allegedly been cooperating with Russian security services since 2017. The suspect was the vice-director of the Registry Office in Warsaw.