Strengthening the axis of evil: Dictatorships against Ukraine

Strengthening the axis of evil: Dictatorships against Ukraine

Executive summary This report is the eighth in a series of reports on how third-party countries, especially Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, are assisting Russia in its war against Ukraine. This report focuses on:  the interim results of Western and Ukrainian policies towards Russia and recommendations for strengthening the effectiveness of sanctions mechanisms; analysing the consequences of […]

The case of Marat Danebayev: Brother of Kazakhstani political prisoner at risk of persecution

The case of Marat Danebayev: Brother of Kazakhstani political prisoner at risk of persecution

Marat Danebayev – is a brother of a prominent Kazakhstani political prisoner Timur Danebayev. Marat Danebayev faced the risk of politically motivated persecution in Kazakhstan because he publicly covering the facts of ongoing repression against his brother, who is not receiving necessary medical care and is being held in unacceptable conditions. Marat was forced to […]

Libel case win against Balli Marzec over hate speech and fake news lawsuit

Libel case win against Balli Marzec over hate speech and fake news lawsuit

Yet another libel case was concluded in our favour the District Court in Warsaw. On 19 December 2023, the court ordered Balli Marzec, the self-proclaimed “leader of the Kazakhstani opposition abroad”, known for her anti-Ukrainian views, to apologise and pay a total of PLN 20,000 compensation to the Open Dialogue Foundation for violation of personal rights. […]

MEPs and human rights defenders: “Don’t hand Khassenov to Kazakhstan”

MEPs and human rights defenders: “Don’t hand Khassenov to Kazakhstan”

MEPs and prominent human rights defenders are calling on Lithuania not to make the mistake of handing Daniyar Khassenov over to Kazakhstan. Khassenov lives in Lithuania and is facing forced expulsion by a court decision. The deportation of Daniyar Khassenov from Lithuania was initiated by the Lithuanian Migration Department. Khassenov is known as a human […]

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) welcomes the opportunity to participate in this consultation of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) concerning “Technical Standards specifying certain requirements of Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA)”. We believe our comments will help to shape the regulation of the use of crypto-assets in line with fundamental rights not only in the EU, as well as the new AML/CFT Regulation, and will be reflected in the relevant report and recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe (OSCE PA), as well as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations regarding non-profit organisations.

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

Russia is threatened with exclusion from the international system of combating money laundering. The issue of Russia’s inclusion on the blacklist of the organisation in question – the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) – was considered at Ukraine’s request at a recent FATF session. The decision has not yet been made, but it may be […]

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), participated in the Bitcoin Amsterdam Conference, which took place from 12 to 14 October 2023. During the panel discussion at the conference Bitcoin is borderless, she shared her story of how Bitcoin allowed her to fight for human rights, help Ukraine during the war, and deal […]

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

On 5 October 2023, webeconomy.info published an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, on solving the problem of people and NGOs excluded from the financial system. She talked about how Bitcoin has become a tool for defending human rights, delivering humanitarian aid and surviving in the face of political persecution. It […]

Statement of International Human Rights and Rule of Law Defenders: Mukhtar Ablyazov’s Expulsion from France Must Be Stopped

Statement of International Human Rights and Rule of Law Defenders: Mukhtar Ablyazov’s Expulsion from France Must Be Stopped

It falls upon France to protect the refugee on its soil. A withdrawal of Ablyazov’s asylum status and his expulsion under Kazakhstan’s influence, if effective, would be a dangerous precedent and further encouragement for autocrats to weaponize the law against their opponents, making a mockery of French, European and international justice. We, the representatives of […]

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

From 6 to 9 September 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska took part in the ‘TABConf2023 — A Technical Bitcoin Conference‘ in the US city of Atlanta. As part of the event, she gave an interview to the largest educational platform dedicated to Bitcoin — Area Bitcoin Education.  “I am here […]

Repressions and Political Prisoners in Tokayev’s “New Kazakhstan”

Repressions and Political Prisoners in Tokayev’s “New Kazakhstan”

Disclamer This report provides an overview of political persecution and human rights violations in Kazakhstan, as well as a list of political prisoners in Kazakhstan. The information presented in this report was collected with the assistance of Kazakhstani human rights defenders and civil activists. In addition, the report is based on data provided by victims […]

Russia’s Decade-Long War Against Ukraine: How to Accelerate Ukrainian Victory

Russia’s Decade-Long War Against Ukraine: How to Accelerate Ukrainian Victory

Executive Summary This report is the sixth in a series of reports on how Russia circumvents sanctions with the help of Central Asian countries, particularly by way of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The subject of this report is an analysis of global trends and facts that point to Russia’s ability to accumulate sufficient resources for at […]

Russia’s Accomplices in the War Against Ukraine: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Army’s Reliable Rear

Russia’s Accomplices in the War Against Ukraine: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Army’s Reliable Rear

Executive summary To analyse Kyrgyzstan’s capacity to help Russia circumvent sanctions, it is important to consider the internal political situation in Kyrgyzstan under President Sadyr Japarov. Kyrgyzstan has long been considered an “island of freedom” in Central Asia, with a number of independent media outlets, independent MPs and an active civil society. However, the authoritarian […]

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