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Ziobro’s prosecutor shares secret case file with Patryk Yaki’s lawyer

25 January 2024

Throughout most of the proceedings, Ziobro’s trusted prosecutor refused to make case files available to suspect Bartosz Kramek. Meanwhile, Patryk Yaki’s lawyer — Ziobro’s party colleague — had easy accessed them. However, according to lawyers, he should not have had them at all, as he was not a party to the case. In 2019, Patryk […]

Unprecedented court order to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s Polish entry ban

25 January 2024

In an unprecedented manner, the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw ordered the Head of the Office for Foreigners to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s entry ban as unjustified. There is no record of Polish courts ever ordering the Head to remove an entry ban. The verdict dated 28 November 2023 was delivered to us on 18 December […]

Submission to FinCEN: US Digital Asset AML Act

22 January 2024

How proposed US crypto-asset ban would support banking sector’s monopoly and harm civil society through financial exclusion 1. Key notes The USA, as a pioneer in combating anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) — having introduced the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) in 1970 —  and as one of the founding members of the Financial […]

The House of Cards Poland: The aftermath of the parliamentary elections on the rule of law

17 January 2024

1. How did the parliamentary elections pan out? Following the parliamentary elections in October 2023, the political situation in Poland has changed substantially. According to the final count by the National Electoral Commission, turnout reached a record-setting 74.4%. In the lower house, the Sejm, the opposition, secured 248 seats, compared to the Law and Justice […]

The Globe & Mail: “Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report”

12 January 2024

In an article entitled “Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report” for The Globe & Mail, Steven Chase wrote about Russia evading sanctions imposed by Canada for its invasion of Ukraine through Central Asia. According to the World Liberty Congress, an alliance of pro-democracy activists from authoritarian countries co-founded in 2022 by the […]

Court overturns Ukrainian NGO head’s Poland entry ban introduced by former government

5 January 2024

Read the full article: notesfrompoland.com See also: Unprecedented court order to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s Polish entry ban (25.01.2024) In other media: Wprost: Court handed down a judgement in Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s case (January 5, 2024) Gazeta Wyborcza: Lyudmyla Kozlovska regains right to stay in Poland after six years (January 5, 2024) Onet: Lyudmyla Kozlovska has the right to stay […]

Court handed down a judgement in Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s case

5 January 2024

Ukrainian activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation and wife of Bartosz Kramek, is again allowed to enter Poland. The ban lasted more than five years. Last year on 13 December, the Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw issued a judgement ordering the Head of the Office for Foreigners to immediately remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska […]

Lyudmyla Kozlovska regains right to stay in Poland after six years

5 January 2024

The Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw has ordered the Office for Foreigners to remove the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, from the register of foreigners whose residence on the territory of Poland is undesirable. “From our point of view, this is a precedent-setting ruling. For the first time, the court has not […]

Lyudmyla Kozlovska has the right to stay in Poland. Landmark judgment of the administrative court

4 January 2024

Last year, on 13 December, the Warsaw Provincial Administrative Court ordered the Office for Foreigners to remove Lyudmyla Kozlovska from the list of undesirable people in Poland. “In 2018, after many years of residency, I was banned from entering Poland upon a  private request of Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik who controlled the Polish special […]

PAC: Lyudmyla Kozlovska no longer an undesirable

4 January 2024

After almost six years of legal battles, the Provincial Administrative Court (PAC) ordered that the pro-democracy activist and President of the Open Dialogue Foundation be removed from the list of people not allowed into Poland. Services subordinate to the Law and Justice party considered her a threat to Poland after ODF objected to the politicisation […]

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

28 December 2023

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 […]

Lugano’s Plan ₿. Defending Human Rights with Bitcoin: Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

28 December 2023

Interview with the activist who enchanted the Plan ₿ Forum 2023 with her story, her struggles and her achievements. An icon and prominent figure in the field of civil defence, Lyudmyla Kozlovska is not a woman who knows what it means to give up. From the very beginning, the career of the now Chairperson of […]

Industry figures fear EU ban on block reward mining could be imminent

21 December 2023

In September, it was announced that the European Commission (EC) would undergo a year-long study into the sustainability of digital assets. The EC’s financial services directorate issued a tender for the project, aiming to develop methodology and sustainability standards for mitigating the environmental impact of digital assets. “There is evidence that crypto-assets can cause significant harm on the climate […]

Michael Chobanian

19 December 2023

Michael Chobanian, President of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine and a founder of the first cryptocurrency exchange in Ukraine, KUNA.io. Chobanian is an external adviser to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov. Since the start of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Michael Chobanyan has launched a Crypto Fund […]

Tetiana Pechonchyk

19 December 2023

Tetiana Pechonchyk, Head of the Board of the Human Rights Center ZMINA, an organization that protects freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, countering discrimination, preventing torture and ill-treatment, fighting impunity, supporting human rights defenders and social activists in Ukraine, including occupied Crimea, as well as protecting persons affected by the armed conflict in […]

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