RUSSIA SHOOTS ITS BUSINESS CROOKS
When Stanislaw Wawrzecki was executed in Warsaw late in March, 1965, Polish intellectuals blanched and muttered bitterly. Wawrzecki had been convicted as the mastermind of a conspiracy to divert meat belonging to state stores to sell for private profit; over a decade, the court found, the conspiracy had netted some 3.5 million zlotys (officially $150,000). His execution was apparently Poland's first in some 10 years for an economic crime, and it provoked strong resentment.
"What is the price now for human life in Poland?" asked a Warsaw resident. "Is it a ton of meat or only half a ton?"
"This is something for Asia, but not for a European country," another Pole protested.
"Asia" was probably a euphemism for " Russia" where (confirming Polish scorn for Muscovite barbarity) executions for economic crimes are now common. Only two weeks after Wawrzecki's execution, one T. Chkekheidze, the chief engineer of a Soviet candy factory, was convicted of masterminding a ring that had embezzled $76,000 by substituting____________________