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NewsMaker: The Prosecutor’s Office has closed the investigation against the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation. Stoianoglo explained why

The Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organised Crime and Special Cases has closed the investigation against the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The information was confirmed by Alexandr Stoianoglo, in an interview with NewsMaker.

The case in which Lyudmyla Kozlovska was targeted is part of the “political” files, which the General Prosecutor’s office decided to verify in February 2020.  Alexandr Stoianoglo mentioned in the interview for NM that, during the verifications, it was proved that “the evidence is missing”, and the prosecutors exhausted all possibilities to gather it.

At the end of December 2018, information appeared in the press that the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, was summoned by the PCCOCS for hearings. Prior to that, the authorities published a “secret report” of a parliamentary committee tasked with investigating “the circumstances of interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation in the domestic policy of Moldova.”

The report’s authors accused the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founder Lyudmyla Kozlovska of working for Russian secret services and oligarchs with a shady past. They also accused the Moldovan opposition of being illegally financed by ODF and involved in “subversion” against Moldova. These accusations, however, relied heavily on publications in anonymous blogs and media controlled by, or loyal to, the Democratic Party of Moldova.

Kozlovska was sure that her case was politically motivated: “The fact that the media controlled by the Head of the Democratic Party receive and publish information about my alleged interrogation faster than my lawyer in Moldova, once again points to the political motivation of the case”.

NM will publish the full version of the interview with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova Alexandr Stoianoglo soon.

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