Allegations about Bartosz Kownacki raise fears that hardline nationalists and pro-Russia figures are on rise in Poland’s security establishment

A serving Polish deputy defence minister has been accused of having links with pro-Kremlin far-right groups, after a German newspaper reported that he travelled to Moscow with a far-right delegation.

Bartosz Kownacki, a key lieutenant of defence minister Antoni Macierewicz, was a member of a group of Polish international observers during Russia’s 2012 election.

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