Today’s news round-up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Rp.pl – An Indian businessman was one of the first people arrested in the cash-for-visas scandal, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. Saikat B. was arrested in March on suspicion of giving bribes to speed up the process of getting a Polish visa. The businessman runs several companies, mainly in the consulting sector.
Wyborcza.pl – In a comment piece, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote that TVP, the state-owned television company, is giving the government a free half-hour of advertising with its evening news programme. The column claims that the cash-for-visas scandal now rocking the government is barely mentioned while images of cars burning in other European countries get plenty of air time in an effort to frighten people about the apparent dangers of immigration.
TVPInfo.pl – In an interview for state-owned broadcaster TVP Info, Prof. Piotr Grochmalski, a "military expert" said that the national defence plans of the previous government to defend Poland on the River Vistula, thereby sacrificing the eastern part of the country, would have led to "Bucha times a hundred," if Russia had invaded.
TVN24.pl – The Polish foreign minister, Zbigniew Rau, will not resign over the cash-for-visas scandal, news broadcaster TVN24 reported. Despite the foreign minister being at the centre of the scandal, he said he did "not feel complicit" and, in fact, there was no scandal because figures show, he added, that the Polish authorities issued no more visas than other European countries.