Poland punishes former communist leaders by cutting pensions

Poland punishes former communist leaders by cutting pensions

Poland's last communist leader and thousands of former secret service agents have had their pensions cut as part of a campaign to punish those who imposed the authoritarian regime upon the country.

By Matthew Day in Warsaw
Published: 6:00AM GMT 05 Jan 2010

From the start of the year, General Wojciech Jaruzelski will see his pension slashed following widespread anger in Poland that he and others involved in the suppression of dissidents and the democratic movement enjoyed lavish pensions.
The general, along with colleagues from the National Salvation Council, the body that crushed the Solidarity movement in 1981 through the imposition of martial law, have until now enjoyed pensions worth 1,833 a month.

But from January they will receive only 900, although some have said this, too, is excessive, given that a retired doctor can take home as little as 434 a month.
About 40,000 men and women who worked for the communist security apparatus until the collapse of the one-party state in 1989 will see cuts to their pensions, depending on how long they served and what their rank was when they retired.
The law, which aims to punish those who it considers "maintained an inhumane system of power", reflects a growing will in Poland to confront the wrongs of the past and punish the guilty.
Poland's negotiated transition from communism to democracy in 1989, and the furious nation-building that followed, meant that many of the sins of communism were ignored for the sake of national unity.
But some MPs from the Democratic Left Alliance, the country's reconstituted Communist Party, have vowed to take the pension law to the constitutional court, arguing that it imposes collective guilt by failing to link individuals to a specific crime.
Last edited by china; Jan 18th, 2010 at 07:14 AM..
That is precisely what the Canadian Conservative government should do to Chretien and his liberals who stole millions of taxpayers money during the 11 years of their reign.
That should be automatic , no questions asked .
Well fellow Canadians ,what's your point of view , eh?
Why would Canadians have any interest in ex commies from Poland having their pension cut off?
lone wolf
Chretien is a multi millionaire. How will cutting off his allowance fix things?
No kidding. The polish government should put them in jail. Pussies.

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