Polish–Soviet Friendship Society

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The Polish–Soviet Friendship Society (Polish: Towarzystwo Przyjaźni Polsko-Radzieckiej) was a Polish organisation founded in 1944. It was a vehicle for organized propaganda, like the celebration of anniversaries of the October Revolution, trips to the Soviet Union, exchange programs, promotion of Soviet culture, technology, books or movies as well as festivals of Soviet songs for amateurs.

Józef Wasowski was the first president of the TPPR. Up until the 1980s it had over 3 million members, mainly through pressuring students and government employees to enlist. In 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the organisation was renamed to Stowarzyszenie Polska–Rosja (Polish-Russian Association).

Presidents of the TPPR[edit]

In 1983, a committee on the 'brotherhood of arms' between the People's Republic of Poland and the Soviet Union was founded. The first head of this committee was Jan Śliwiński, replaced in 1987 by former NKVD agent Jan Raczkowski.

The TPPR issued a magazine called 'Friendship'.