UPDATES IN GEOPOLITICS
Last week (July 5-11), once again the most popular international politicians among Internet users in Poland were Polish President Andrzej Duda and Russian President Wladimir Putin.
President Duda aroused a lot of comments in the context of the safety of Poles in various dimensions, including economic and military ones. Peak on July 11 due to National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide perpetrated by Ukrainian nationalists. President Duda was praised for paying tribute to the victims of the Volhynia massacre. Also, there was a lot of favorable content regarding the meeting with the President of Lithuania on the Suwalki Isthmus. On the other hand, the President was criticized for his attitude towards Ukrainians (narrative ‘Ukrainians privileged at the expense of Poles’).
At this time, Putin drew attention as a person who wreaks havoc in countries supporting Ukraine (‘Russia is responsible for Johnson's dismissal’, ‘Russia is trying to break up Poland and EU from within’, ‘Tusk as Putin's man in Warsaw’). On July 11, increase of popularity amongst Internet users in Poland due to PM Morawiecki’s comments in the context of the Volhynia massacre (narrative ‘Putin is the heir of OUN/UPA).
Also, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been widely discussed on July 11 mainly due to the presence of the Ukrainian Ambassador at the ceremonies commemorating the victims of the Volhynia massacre (narratives ‘Ukraine pays tribute to the victims of the Volhynia massacre’ , ‘Ukrainians grateful for the help of Poles’). On the other hand, Zelenskyy was criticized for lack of direct condemnation of the Volhynia massacre.
In this period, there was a significant increase in activity regarding British PM Boris Johnson due to his resignation. Peak on July 7 when the statement took place.
Biden’s sharp increase on July 11 was the result of the news regarding his deputy campaign leader and Netflix star Jerry Harris, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for pedophilia.
Chancellor Scholz was still raising strong emotions as the Western leader who allegedly once again blocked the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine (narrative ‘Germany undermines support for Ukraine’).