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While many Americans remain transfixed by investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Poles are learning that their country may have served as a testing ground for Russia's efforts.During the PO government's eight years in power, Poland's GDP grew by almost 25 percent, while unemployment and the budget deficit fell by almost half.Macierewicz, the only PiS politician who acts independently – and sometimes in defiance – of Kaczy?ski, was also the man behind Poland's botched 1992 lustration, or political screening, process, which delayed the country's de-communization efforts.Then, Macierewicz's Defense Ministry unexpectedly canceled a contract with France for the purchase of 50 Caracal helicopters, leaving Poland without a crucial military capacity to this day. And earlier this year, Macierewicz fired 90 percent of the military's General Staff and 82 percent of its General Command, and formed a new military force whose leadership arguably consists of pro-Kremlin activists and NATO critics.Macierewicz is not the only PiS official under a Russian cloud.
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