One year ago: On the morning of May 18, 2016, officers of the Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) kidnapped and arrested Mateusz Piskroski.
He is one of the most important anti-NATO activists in Poland, a political expert and a co-founder of the Polish think-tank, the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis and vice director of the Berlin based German Center for Eurasian Studies.
He was a Member of the Polish Parliament from 2005-2007 and for many years spoke out in favor European-continental cooperation and against NATO and American policy towards Europe and the Middle East.
Piskorski was arrested and held for 3 months in preliminary custody on charges of “spying for a foreign country” with various media sources spreading the “unconfirmed reports” that he was employed by the intelligence services of Russia “and/or” Iraq.
Specific charges against him are unknown, with the whole case is being kept secret, and thereby preventing anyone related to Matusz Piskorski from preparing a defense. Instead, the government-controlled media have resorted to inciting hatred and slander, spinning irrational speculation, not only about the detainee but also about so-called “agents of the influence” – a term that de facto covers everyone who holds views other than those set down by Polish authorities.
One year later, there are still no official charges, and his “temporary incarceration” has been extended 5 times already. Mateusz Piskorski is Poland’s first political prisoner.