Another day, another shady tale in PiS involving ex-PZPR members in prominent positions and dodgy deals.
It concerns the recently fired head of the Smoleńsk sub-commission, Wacław Berczyński. A notable PZPR member who enjoyed frequent foreign travels at a time when foreign travel was severely restricted in the PRL, he mysteriously left Poland just before the introduction of martial law and moved to the United States, where he worked for Boeing. It appears that he has had significant dealings with arms dealers throughout the years, too.
It transpires that he was the one behind the cancelling of the vitally important Airbus helicopters that the military badly needs, and was responsible for the deal that the Ministry of Defence made with Boeing to purchase VIP aircraft instead with the money saved from the Airbus order. The order with Boeing was made without a competitive tender or transparent procurement process, and the haste in which the contract was signed meant that it was unable to be scrutinised properly by the relevant authorities.
A few days ago, he abruptly fled from Poland after the scandal emerged, safe from justice in the United States.
As the article below correctly states:
For many years, PiS pointed at the threat of existence of scandals in which foreign lobbyists of foreign entities can influence the decisions of Polish authorities in order to multiply their profits.
It seems that they were right. They were the ones planning to do it all along, and they were warning us in advance.