On 11 May 2020, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova announced the discontinuation of the investigation against the head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska.
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A prosecutor from Gagauzia with a colourful curriculum vitae closed the investigation against the head of ODF.
The Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS) has stopped prosecuting the Head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The information was confirmed by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova, Alexandr Stoianoglo, in an interview with NewsMaker.
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.
Due to the decision issued by the District Court in Warsaw on March 13, 2020, state broadcaster Polskie Radio S.A. secured a claim on personal rights protection of ODF, Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek. As a result, Polskie Radio updated multiple articles in three language versions (Polish, Russian and Ukrainian) with information regarding pending lawsuits, […]
We have recently learned of an event held in the European Parliament on January 23rd, 2020, organised by the “EU Today” website. The event’s title, “NGOs: between public good and bad governance”, would suggest the event covered an interesting and important topic, the functioning of NGOs in the EU. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned from one of the unlucky participants of the event, this title was just disguise for another action by “EU Today” founder, former UKIP employee, far-right racist and Holocaust denier, Gary Cartwright, aiming to discredit ODF and our work, specifically in Kazakhstan.
Soon after ODF’s press conference on 10 October 2019, the CMWP published an appeal on its website, calling for “all journalists and Internet users to act prudently and reliably, and not to get emotional when reporting the causes, course and content of the press conference”.
During a press conference on 11 October 2019, representatives and proxies of ODF presented 20 lawsuits filed against pro-government politicians, journalists, activists and media organisations in connection with a “mass propaganda campaign” they were supposed to launch against the Foundation.
On 10 October 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation filed nearly twenty of lawsuits against politicians representing the Law and Justice party and their Public Relations representatives. All these claims were presented by the ODF yesterday at a press conference.
Last week – not for the first time, and probably not the last – I have been met by a wave of hatred from the right-wing community. All because we decided, together with the delegation of the Open Dialogue Foundation, to hold a series of meetings in Washington, which, by accident, overlapped with the visit of President Duda.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs argues that they were against using the discussion about the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland to deal with the Moldovan opposition.
DGP has a full report from the Moldovan Investigation Committee on the Open Dialogue Foundation. The document indicates that Poland might have cooperated on the ODF case with the special services in that country controlled by the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.
In connection with the meetings of the Parliamentary Committees for Special Services and the EU of 25 April 2019 at which the issue of our organisation, ODF, was raised, as well as numerous media attacks by Law and Justice politicians, we would like to refer to the allegations made against us.
The Regional Administrative Court has considered the documents substantiating the decision on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s expulsion from Poland as “overgeneralised” and demanded her case be reconsidered by the Office for Foreigners.
On 28 May 2019, Michael Weiss published an article in Daily Beast “about the way far-right populists in Europe (…) suck up to Russia.” Weiss focused on the use of the Fourth Estate – the media – that has become a tool in populists’ hands making it “a one-party propaganda sheet.”
On April 21, 2019, an article, written by Carlos Alba and Jordan Ryan, was published in the Scottish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper under various titles (1, 2, 3, as well as in print with the title “British firms ‘linked to dirty money used against Putin opponents’”).
The Open Dialogue Foundation won the trial with the “Gazeta Polska” magazine, so now editor Tomasz Sakiewicz threatens the judge. And the PiS propaganda attacks the Foundation using a grotesque report of the oligarchic and corrupt parliament of Moldova.
The authors of a recent article in The Sunday Times link the Open Dialogue Foundation to the practice of money laundering. The article, which was widely commented on in Poland, reproduces information from August 2018, and its authors are not employees of the respectable newspaper.
On 24 April 2019, Gazeta Polska and its executive editor Tomasz Sakiewicz lost the dispute in court with the Open Dialogue Foundation, for portraying Bartosz Kramek – the Head of the Foundation Board – as a Nazi invader in the summer of 2018.
A declassified report by the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the “circumstances of Open Dialogue’s interference into Moldova’s internal affairs” claims that the Open Dialogue Foundation has been financed by sources including money stolen from Moldovan banks
On 17 December, the Parliament published a secret report by a parliamentary commission about the inquest into the “circumstances of the interference of the «Open dialog» foundation in the internal politics of Moldova”. In it, the foundation and its founder Lyudmila Kozlovska are accused of working
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent who is in charge of relations with Moldova and Eastern European countries, visited Chisinau on 5-6 December. In an interview with the NM editor-in-chief Galina Vasilyeva, Kent spoke about how the United States will assess the Moldovan elections
As the European Union calls out state capture in Moldova, the authorities in Chișinău are rewriting the rules of the game for civil society and opposition politics.
With regard to the information published in the press on Friday, 23 November 2018, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) wishes to clarify and deny the inaccuracies, rumours and slander.
The press service of the parliament of Moldova has distributed a release about the start of the work of a commission of inquest into “interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founder Lyudmyla Kozlovska in the internal affairs of Moldova”.
ODF has recently learned of a group or individual impersonating an EU body or pro-European civic group under the name “European Union Anti Corruption”, which seems to be running a paid, targeted smear campaign against the Foundation
On October 10, 2018 it was announced in the media, starting with the website of a Ukrainian civic organisation/media outlet “Stop Corruption”, that the Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the Zakarpattya region city of Uzhhorod has initiated an investigation into ODF President.
Following the expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), from Poland, large pro-government media, from the Polish Radio to ‘Gazeta Polska’, were quoting Kazakhstani, Moldovan and Ukrainian media in their coverages.
Please be advised that any video recordings recently posted on the Internet allegedly involving Lyudmyla Kozlovska, associating her with Bill Browder (initiator of the Global Magnitsky Law campaign) and Mukhtar Ablyazov, (leader of the opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”) are fake.
Under the guise of a discussion on ‘financial fraud’, an information attack was launched against the Open Dialog Foundation in the European Parliament. The smear campaign against our organisation has become a revenge for our activities to protect human rights in the post-Soviet space… (read more)
The right-wing internet focused on the fate of the hunter of the Russian influence in Poland, a victim of ‘Putin’s trolls’. Among emotional posts, it is easy to lose track of facts. And those are not very convenient for the hunter.
Following its firm statement in defence of the independence of the judiciary, and thus, against violation of the Constitution and the rule of law in Poland, on 21 July 2017, ODF became the object of unprecedented attacks by the Polish governmental administration and broader right-wing circles.
In the light of the recent developments in Poland, one of the most urgent problems is the attack on civil society by governmental administration bodies. Non-governmental organisations, critical of the state authorities (including Obywatele RP [Citizens of Poland], Fundacja Otwarty Dialog
On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, Gazeta Wyborcza published an interview, given by President of the Open Dialog Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska and President of the Foundation Board Bartosz Kramek to Igor T. Miecik. The text, entitled ‘Open Dialog is defending itself’, is presented below.
I first came across the Open Dialog Foundation in 2011 during OSCE Summit in Warsaw, when, together with MPs of Civic Platform and Law and Justice, the ODF stood up in defence of persecuted pro-democracy activists and miners of Zhanaozen (i.e. crude oil region in Kazakhstan)
In connection with numerous mistakes and inaccuracies in the articles, we would like to present our position on them in the statement below. The remarks refer to the printed version of the articles (in the online version of GW, both articles were united into one and slightly changed/edited).
On 19 July, Onet published a detailed analysis of a report by Marcin Rey, an editor of “The Russian Fifth Column in Poland”, who focused on the activities of the Open Dialog Foundation and its financing sources
When they dared to criticise the PiS government, they were accused of arms trafficking, taking money from the Kremlin and being an “agent of influence.” – As a foundation, we support the rule of law and human rights. And we name those who violate them – said Lyudmyla Kozlovska, president of the ODF.
An extensive interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska was released on 11 August this year. In this interview, the ODF President explained the rationale behind the Foundation’s statement on the current situation in Poland
On 2 August, Marcin Święcicki, MP of the Civic Platform, was a guest on “24 Pytania – Rozmowa Poranka” broadcast on Polskie Radio 24. The main topic discussed by Katarzyna Adamiak-Sroczyńska included the latest right-wing media reports on the Open Dialog Foundation
Last week, Polish Television (TVP) broadcast a material in which it accused the Chair of the Open Dialog Foundation Bartosz Kramek of “calling for an overthrow of the government and destabilisation of the state” and presented its theory on the aim behind the Foundation holding a concession.
“TVP Channel, in its quest for the sensational, has gone so far that it met with criticism coming from the least expected side. Wojciech Mucha in “Gazeta Polska” referred to the revelations concerning the Open Dialog Foundation as “very serious fake news”
”Spontaneous protests are an organised attempt to overthrow the government, NGOs are agents of organised influences, and Western Europe is degenerated and culturally alien” – similar rhetoric, in the opinion of the author of the article which was published on 1 August 2017 in Krytyka Polityczna
„Never before, have ministers of the Polish government, under dictation from nationalist and anti-Ukrainian circles, considered our delegalization – this is how the Open Dialog Foundation responded to the reports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested its detailed fiscal inspection”
The Wirtualna Polska internet portal is another medium, next to, amongst others, Gazety.pl, TVN24 or Radio Zet, which has devoted its material to an attack by the government and pro-government media against the Open Dialog Foundation
On 31st July, Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Foundation Board, taking part in Anna Dryjańska’s interview presented by “naTemat” and in social media, summarised the current situation in Poland and controversies around his letter titled: “Let the state stop: let us deactivate the government!”
According to naTemat, Professor Andrzej Zybertowicz, an advisor to President of Poland has proposed the claim that Google Inc. supports only those NGOs which oppose the Law and Justice: “He has accused this giant technological enterprise of supporting the Open Dialog Foundation
In connection with the information about allegedly mysterious sources of funding of the Open Dialog Foundation (the Foundation, ODF) currently publicised by pro-government and right-wing media, as well as pro-Russian portals
On 31st July, Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Foundation Board, taking part in Anna Dryjańska’s interview presented by “naTemat” and in social media, summarised the current situation in Poland and controversies around his letter titled: “Let the state stop: let us deactivate the government!”.
Mrs Balli Marzec recently addressed the ODF and MEPs with whom we met during the Strasbourg week in February, 2017, via an email with the subject “True opposition have nothing in common with Ablyazov”.