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Gazeta Wyborcza reports on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director who spent five years detained in a Russian prison, and Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, who was expelled from Poland by the Law and Justice government, met in Strasburg with French President Emmanuel Macron. An account of the visit, which took place on 1 October, was published by Gazeta Wyborcza.

The President of the Open Dialogue Foundation showed President Macron a list of 86 Ukrainians who still remained imprisoned in Russia. “Even though the meeting focused on the situation in Ukraine only, the very fact that Kozlovska was invited by the French President sends a clear signal to Warsaw,” says the newspaper. Lyudmyla Kozlovska, who along with her husband, Bartosz Kramek, has engaged in anti-government protest, has been ranked as one of the top enemies of Law and Justice. Last year, the Head of the Polish Internal Security Agency entered Kozlovska’s personal data into the Schengen Information System, considering her a threat to public security, and this led to the expulsion of the ODF President from Poland and the EU. Nevertheless, Kozlovska managed to re-enter the EU quite quickly, when successive EU Member States ignored the Polish alert, issuing invitations for Kozlovska and short-term visas. Soon thereafter she was granted permanent residence status by Belgium.

It is hard to believe that President Macron’s advisers did not check Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s background when compiling the list of guests. The very fact that she has been allowed to see the President implies that Macron has decided to give Warsaw a hard time once again …,” concludes the author.


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