The Case of Mateusz Piskorski: “Warsaw goes Ankara”

Board of the German Center for Eurasian Studies in Tehran: Dr. Mateusz Piskorski and Manuel Ochsenreiter
Board of the German Center for Eurasian Studies in Tehran: Dr. Mateusz Piskorski and Manuel Ochsenreiter

On the morning of May 18th, the Internal Security Agency of Poland launched a series of raids against anti-NATO activists and allies of the political party of the famous politician and analyst Dr. Mateusz Piskorski, Zmiana (Change). Piskorski himself was arrested and remains in custody on charges of “spying for a foreign country”. Mateusz Piskorski is as well the vice director of the German Center for Eurasian Studies.

Manuel Ochsenreiter, director of the German Center for Eurasian Studies, stated:

“Mateusz Piskorski is not only vice director of our Think Tank, he is as well one of my very best friends. He is one of Europe´s leading geopolitical experts and one of the top intellectual scholars in international relations. Mateusz never made a secret that he opposes the ongoing Americanization of our European continent. Because of that he always promoted good relations with the Russian Federation.
His case is in reality a political case. The Polish government wants to silence him by putting him into prison. The charges of ‘spying for a foreign country’ are manufactured. Piskorski didn´t break any law. His ‘crime’ is his opposition against the presence of US military in Europe.
The Polish government seems to have learned its lectures from Erdogan´s Turkey where countless oppositional intellectuals and journalists are imprisoned because of ‘thought crimes’.
The ‘Case Piskorski’ is about the fundamental principles of human rights – this case violates the freedom of expression.
My friend Mateusz has all my solidarity and support.”