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Duda decides to change the law on the Russian influence in Poland

Jun 3, 2023

Polish President Andrzej Duda has come up with an initiative to amend the scandalous law on the investigation of Russian influence in Poland in 2007-2022, which he recently signed and sent to the Constitutional Court of Poland for evaluation.


Duda said this during a media briefing on Friday in Warsaw, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

The main proposal of the President of Poland is that the special State Commission to investigate Russian influence in Poland in 2007-2022 will not include politicians, but only experts. Other changes of the President concern the fact that appeals against court decisions will be sent to the Court of Appeal instead of the administrative court. He proposes that the commission should not make any other decision than that the person concerned does not guarantee the proper performance of activities in the interests of Polish society.

On Friday, the presidential bill was sent to the Polish Sejm for consideration.

As reported, Polish President Andrzej Duda recently signed a law establishing a State Commission to investigate Russian influence in Poland in 2007-2022, and then sent the law to the Constitutional Court for consideration. He also called for an investigation into Russian influence at the European level.

Polish opposition forces opposed the creation of the commission in this form, emphasizing that it would be an instrument of pressure and persecution of the opposition. Polish Senate Marshal Tomasz Grodzki said that Duda's decision was "scandalous and shameful" and threatened the democratic functioning of Poland. The European Commission and the US State Department also expressed their reservations about the law.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 03/06/2023

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