Watching "wolf-ish" and scrutinizing: a Russian complained about "harassment" in Poland and received a response
Russian journalist and human rights activist Alexandr Podrabinek, a Soviet-era political prisoner, complained about a very thorough check during his trip to Poland. He said he understood the hatred of Russia as the country that started the war, but at the same time hinted at the prejudice against anyone with a Russian passport.
The Russian oppositionist shared his experience on his personal Facebook page. He said that he flew to Poland on an airplane of the Polish company LOT. Upon landing he had "five times checked hispassport, photographed it, called somewhere, rewrote something and showed his passport to each other."
"On arrival in Warsaw, the border guard looked at me like a wolf, or rather a she-wolf - as if I had not repaid her debt or commanded an army unit in the war with Ukraine. Then they organized a thorough customs inspection in the "green" corridor and all asked me why I was going and when I would be back," the journalist wrote.
He admitted: Poles have reasons to hate the Russian Federation, so he is "not offended by them."
"But what is this ineradicable habit of judging randomly met people by their nationality, citizenship, skin color or social status? After all, they look you in the eye, know nothing about you, but hate you in advance. I don't understand it," Podrabinek complained.
In comments to the post, many of the journalist's readers disagreed and pointed out that such a suspicious attitude towards Russians is justified.
"Quite understandable and explainable", "You meet people by their clothes, and in this case it is a Russian passport. I understand the attitude of Poles (or Ukrainians, or Georgians, or Baltic inhabitants) who meet them. Alas," "It's good that they let us in at all!" "Russia is now openly threatening Poland. So nothing surprising", "This is the notorious collective responsibility", - wrote under the post.
One Internet user asked what else the author expected, having a passport of the Russian Federation."Now it is equal to a Nazi document from the Second World War. And the attitude will be like this for a long time to come," the commenter shared his opinion.
"Explain what exactly hurt you: that a Russian is more thoroughly checked or that they were impolite with you? The former is understandable and justified," another subscriber asked.
We would like to add that Podrabinek condemned Russia's aggression against Ukraine. During the Soviet era, he was twice convicted for "spreading deliberately false fabrications defaming the Soviet state and social order".
As OBOZREVATEL wrote, Russians complain en masse about high prices, boorish attitude, quality of mobile communication and attempts to divorce for money, which they encountered while vacationing in occupied Crimea in the summer of 2023.