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Hold PiS to account for persecuting defenders of rule of law. Inquiry needed

2 February 2024

“For eight years PiS has been ruining the lives of people defending the rule of law in Poland. If we want to talk about democratic change, there must be accountability,” say Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF). They are calling for a commission of inquiry into the matter.  The Open […]

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

26 January 2024

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

VAC: Lyudmyla Kozlovska no longer an undesirable

4 January 2024

After almost six years of legal battles, the Voivodeship Administrative Court (VAC) 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 […]

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 […]

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

14 December 2023

Germany, as one of the founding members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creates standards for global financial policy to comply with anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules; FATF Recommendations lead to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be defined as high-risk organisations by financial institutions, thereby by default opening the […]

Why should human rights defenders be protected from AML/CFT abuses by authoritarian authorities?

11 December 2023

On 8 December 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation participated in the panel discussion “Regulation as an Opportunity” at the Digital Finance Summit in Brussels. Lyudmyla Kozlovska gave a presentation on the consequences of the misuse of anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations. The event, moderated by journalist Jimmy Franklin and Toon Vanagt, CEO […]

Lyudmyla Kozlovska

1 December 2023

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) is known for its support for Ukraine during the Maidan revolution, its humanitarian response to Russian aggression in 2014 and 2022, as well as vocal advocacy campaigns to protect political prisoners in the post-Soviet area and impose G7 sanctions against Russia and its allies. ODF has been campaigning for the […]

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

5 November 2023

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?

15 October 2023

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 […]

Sakiewicz loses next case to Open Dialogue Foundation

7 October 2023

The editor-in-chief of Gazeta Polska accused the Open Dialogue Foundation of being sponsored by Russian special services. However, before the court had even handed down its judgment, he still managed to turn the public prosecutor’s office against the people who run the Foundation, i.e., Lyudmyla Kozlovska and her husband, Bartosz Kramek. “Mr Tomasz Sakiewicz, who […]

Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office: Selected Cases of Malicious Prosecution and Dereliction of Duties since 2015

6 October 2023

Preface Since the Law and Justice (PiS)-led United Right Coalition [Composed of PiS and its two junior partners – Solidarna Polska (United Poland, led by the Justice Minister/Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro) and, until August 2021, Porozumienie Jarosława Gowina (Jarosław Gowin’s Agreement)] took power in 2015, an unprecedented politicisation of the public prosecution has occurred, which has […]

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