5.) Poland

  • 02/26/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
5.) Poland
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Poland was occupied by the USSR for nearly half a century and used as a buffer state in case of western aggression.

The USSR first annexed Eastern Poland under an agreement with Adolf Hitler before occupying the entire country in the last year of World War II – the ultimate insult after the Poles lost as many as six million people under Nazi rule.

The Kremlin installed a puppet regime that completely oppressed the Polish people. Finally, a popular uprising led by anti-communist Lech Wałęsa rode a revolutionary wave sweeping Eastern Europe in 1989 that ended more than four decades of tyranny.

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