Poland squirms in the spotlight after clumsy arrest

Apprehending Akhmed Zakayev may have helped the Chechens and has shown a lack of consistency on Poland’s part.

Depending on how you look at it, Poland’s arrest of Akhmed Zakayev was a shameful sign of the country’s new-found dependence on Russia, a brilliantly choreographed mixture of realpolitik and principle, a typical Polish cock-up, or a wily plot to put the Chechen cause on the map.

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