That is a very important point. To many europeans, eastern Europe was liberated in 1989/1990. Replacing one dictator with another is not liberation.
You know, sometimes I wake up and read the news about bullshit coming out of the West and I start to think, maybe we should have just beat the shit out of the Nazis, stopped at our borders and then just let them just go all final solution on your asses. Seriously, why not? 70 years later and comments like this are showing that they are ungreatfull little shits for the sacrifices that Soviet soldiers made for their freedom. And funded the rebuilding of these ruined nations. And then their development. In hindsight, letting them work all of them in concentration camps to death might have been the better alternative.
Anyhow, let's come back to this subject in 50 years and see what Poland and the Baltic states are saying about their masters. Can't speak for Poland, but I can sure as hell speak for Lithuanians where I have relatives that I visit. They went from having no sovreignty and being under the USSR to having no sovreignty and being under the EU. Roads are a little better, they can now clean toilets or load boxes in the EU, but other than that, it's the same shit. But for now they still see themselves as a sovreign nation that asks "How High?" when western Europe asks them to jump.