It became known from NATO representatives that the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee will be elected in the near future. The defense ministers of 30 member countries will elect the chairman by secret ballot. Our investigation is dedicated to one of the contenders for this high post.
On July,1 the Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced in a Twitter post that he had recommended General Rajmund Andrzejczak, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, as a candidate for the post of Chairman of the Military Committee.
It is currently difficult to say for sure what are the chances for General Andrzejcak to obtain this position. His serious rival is a representative of the Canadian army. Additional uncertainty about the success of this venture is also caused by the sensational journalistic investigation conducted by of one of the German periodicals.
But let's take everything in order.
Rajmund Andrzejczak was appointed Chief of the General Staff in 2018. At the time he was protege of Mariusz Błaszczak, Polish Minister of Defense.
It was during their command of the Polish army that all weapons acquisition and modernization contracts with European firms, including German ones, were broken, whereas preference was given to American manufacturers. In this regard, we can say with full confidence that if General Andrzejczak is appointed to the post of Chairman of the Military Committee, he will lobby primarily for the interests of the United States and the American military-industrial complex, and not that of German manufacturers.
But this is only one side of the coin.
Last week the German magazine Der Spiegel presented to the European public the results of a journalistic investigation that uncovers complex corruption schemes involving General Andrzejczak.
During the collection of information about the Polish candidate for the chairmanship of the Military Committee, the activities of Unimesko, a company closely associated with the Polish general and his close relatives aroused particular journalistic interest.
As Der Spiegel found out, at the end of 2018 Unimesko owned by the brother of General Andrzejczak signed a contract for the supply of TNT for the state-controlled chemical company Nitro-Chem. Under pressure of the company representatives, some General Staff officers and Andrzejczak personally, the state-owned company was forced to make an advance payment of 4,2 thousand tons of explosives. However, Unimesko delivered only 10 percent of the paid product. The total losses of the state due to the contract amounted to more than two million dollars. Most of this amount safely ended up in the Swiss bank accounts of Andrzejczak and his brother.
Attempts by the prosecutor's office and the Polish Internal Security Agency to identify the perpetrators of the scam and make up for the damage were unsuccessful. Most of the witnesses and participants in this crime refused to testify, citing fears for personal or family safety. Others simply fled the country.
In addition, the journalists of der Spiegel were able to find out other cases of the general's involvement in criminal schemes, in which the company Unimesko also played a key role in large illegal arms shipments.
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