Reasons for deporting Ukrainian activist from Poland revealed

Lyudmyla Kozlovska and her husband, Bartosz Kramka. Photo: Twitter/@LyudaKozlovska

Poland's Internal Security Agency revealed activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska was deported from the EU due to “serious doubts regarding the funding of the Open Dialog Foundation Ms Kozlovska is running.”

Poland's Internal Security Agency has announced it had negatively appraised the application of Lyudmyla Kozlovska – a Ukrainian national – for long-term residentship in the EU.

“As a result, Ms Kozlovska has been banned from entering the territory of Poland and the EU,” the agency wrote in a statement.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska is head of the “Open Dialogue Foundation,” which has been described as a “Polish anti-government group.”

The foundation is a Poland-based organization that has reportedly called for the conservative government in Warsaw to be overthrown.

‘Serious doubts’

The Internal Security Agency issued the opinion in relation to “serious doubts regarding the funding of the Open Dialog Foundation Ms Kozlovska is running, which may produce further legal effects,” the spokesperson of the Internal Security Agency, Stanisław Żaryn, announced on Monday.

After being put on the Schengen Information System (SIS) blacklist, Ms Kozlovska was detained at an airport in Brussels on August 13 and deported to Kiev a day later.

Mixed reactions

Various news sources reacted to the news last week with delight or displeasure.

According to a Moldova-based website, Ms Kozlovska aided Russia in its “hybrid warfare” against the West. The website has said that Ms Kozlovska worked for “Russian services” to aid the Kremlin’s “war against Europe.” It also reported that the “Open Dialog Foundation” was known for its “aggressive” lobbying in European institutions “against the main enemies of Russia in Eastern Europe, Poland and Ukraine.”

According to Poland’s conservative website, the Open Dialog Foundation “drew up a 16-point plan to overthrow the Polish government” last summer. Furthermore, the Foundation is surrounded by controversies regarding its obscure sources of funding reported by activist Marcin Rey. Mr Rey suggests that the Foundation’s unknown funding might be linked to Russian business. The website claimed in December 2017 it had seen “Russian passports” of some of the people who were the foundation’s biggest donors from 2012 to 2014.

After Ms Kozlovska was put on Schengen Information System blacklist, Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, tweeted “Black lists against democracy activists are worthy of authoritarian regimes, not of EU Member States.”