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Poland opens criminal case against Ukraine-based Aliens Games for 'Russian provocation'

Alien Games state intentions to release the video game about Auschwitz death camp; the Polish side claims that developers have ties with Russian IT company
10:03, 31 October 2018

Screenshot of Cost of Freedom, a controversial video game developed by Alien Games
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The district prosecutor's office of Warsaw opened a criminal case against Ukrainian company Aliens Games; the reason is that the company intends to release the game about the prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The game, dubbed The Cost of Freedom, which is now in the production stage, is being promoted across the Internet, Rzeczpospolita newspaper reports.

The case was opened due to the appeal filed by the leader of Polish National Memory Institute Jaroslaw Szarek. The official states that the game insults the Polish nation and promotes the Nazi ideology. The investigation is underway.

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Though the game is stated to be developed by Aliens Games based in Ukraine, Polish MP Jozef Brynkus admitted that the game is a Russian provocation; the Polish side claims that Odesa-based Dmytro Dybin, tightly related to Aliens Games, cooperates with Russian IT company Studcinemafest. So it could be Russians who actually created the game and are now working on it, Brynkus said. 'This information allows us to conclude that in this case, it could be a political provocation against Poland on the international scale', the MP added.

The plot of the game is set on the premises of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where the player can assume either the role of a prisoner or a guard. The game trailers and screenshots contain scenes of execution of prisoners and such phrases as 'Polish death camps', 'Where's the honor of this great Polish nation?', etc. 

The Polish law stipulates criminal responsibility for the use of 'Polish concentration camp' phrase instead of the 'Nazi concentration camp'.

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