Krzysztof Żabiński, a former Solidarity activist, as well as the minister-head of the Office of the Council of Ministers in the government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki and the deputy minister of interior affairs in the government of Hanna Suchocka, has died – said oppositionist and former deputy speaker of the Senate Jan Wyrowiński on Wednesday.
Krzysztof Żabiński was born on February 7, 1953 in Toruń. He was an electronics engineer. After studying at the Poznań University of Technology, in 1976 he started working at the IT Center of the Toruń Worsted Spinning Mill “Merinotex”. In 1980, he joined Solidarity and after the introduction of martial law, he was active underground. He was interned in Strzebielinek from April 2 to December 9, 1982. In the late 1980s, he chaired the Works Council at “Merinoteks”.
“We spent virtually the entire intense and unforgettable election campaign together”
In 1989, Krzysztof Żabiński and Jan Wyrowiński successfully ran for the Sejm on behalf of the Citizens’ Committee.
“We spent almost the entire intense and unforgettable election campaign together. It was an amazing time in which from day to day, from meeting to meeting, from rally to rally, our hope for victory grew. A hope that came true on June 4, 1989. Unexpected debut in the Sejm of the (still) Polish People’s Republic, which soon transformed into the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. We lived in one room, like in a dormitory. There were no luxuries yet,” Wyrowiński wrote on Facebook.
The former MP, senator and deputy speaker of the Senate admitted that they later separated politically – Żabiński followed Lech Wałęsa, and he followed Tadeusz Mazowiecki.
“Krzysztof moored in the Liberal Democratic Congress, I in the Democratic Union. (…) Political differences did not cool our relations and did not weaken our friendship, which was born during the election campaign,” Wyrowiński emphasized.
In 1991, Żabiński was the minister-head of the Office of the Council of Ministers in the government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, and in 1992-1993 – deputy minister of interior affairs in the government of Hanna Suchocka. In 1996, he gave up political activity and started working in business. He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Tomasz Siemoniak also published a memoir of the Solidarity activist. – We cooperated closely in 1991-1993. Honor his memory! – the minister coordinator of special services wrote on social media.
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