Polish Students Visit to Crimea Prompts Hysteria in Warsaw
Over the weekend, a group of Polish literature and poetry students arrived in Moscow to begin a week-long tour of Russia, including a trip to Crimea. The trip prompted a backlash in Poland, with media and the Polish-Russian Center for Dialogue and Understanding slamming the move, calling it a "politicized," "immoral" act.
This summer, 15 honors students from Poland's Podlaskie Voivodeship –winners of a competition on Russian literature and poetry, were invited to visit Russia by the Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding.
Arriving in Moscow over the weekend, the students have since embarked on a visit to Crimea, where they will visit museums and memorials to Russian poets and writers in Simferopol, Yalta, Sevastopol and other locations. The students will also have a chance to meet with locals and sample the peninsula's culture, food and natural environments.
Poland's Center for Polish-Russian Center for Dialogue and Understanding has slammed the trip, project manager Lukasz Adamski calling it an "immoral" and "politicized" act, and telling Polish Radio that it is "an attempt to create the appearance that occupied Crimea is Russian territory."