what's the state got to do with various groups' sacred places, anyway?
Many Russians are Orthodox Christians, who were shocked by such a gross behaviour in a sacred place.
I'm not saying those girls deserved to spend some time in labour camps. But I'm not Russian, and I don't live under Russian legislation. And I don't wander around naked in churches.
And no 'evidence' that they're behind the invasion of Ukraine. They still pretend their soldiers are volunteer rebels.
I won't pretend I'm shocked. That's what every country does/says when intervening without UN approval. But only Russia gets 'punished' (with sanctions) for doing this. When we (the 'free world') do it, it's alright.
Are you saying the Russian government kills gays now?
With Russia, there are no grounds for Poland to respect them as a country and diplomacy where Russia is concerned only happens on their terms.
What has Russia done to Poland lately? Apart from (supposedly) threatening it for moving (or destroying) monuments away?
Many Poles seem a little paranoid when it comes to Russia. A little more perspective would be nice. They would realise there is no reason to be that scared.
Russia is the master of the "no evidence" assassination, after all.
You're aware that Russia is filled with billionaires who (at least some of them) are ready to do anything to protect their own interests, aren't you?
Some of them could even support and arrange the assassination of a political opponent or journalist and make everyone accuse the government for it. That 'strategy' was commonly adopted by the CIA in Central and South America last century to destabilise unwanted governments.
That's a bit much, but the Soviet Union did almost all the heavy lifting in beating the Nazis, had they not forced a bunch of countries into unwanted political and military alliances with them afterwards then maybe people would be more favorably disposed toward them.
That and massive Western propaganda I'd say. Here's an interesting poll that was held in France in 1945, 1994, and 2004. The question was: 'In your opinion, what nation contributed the most to Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945?'. The results show that most respondents in 1945 thought it was the USSR that contributed the most. Strangely, that vision changed totally with time.