Poland’s President Andrzej Duda speaks during the press conference, as part of his two day visit to Britain, in London, Britain, May 24, 2023, REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo  

Politico: Polish opposition denounces new commission to probe Russian influence 

Opponents fear the Law and Justice party is trying to eliminate opposition leader Donald Tusk from national politics. 

Poland’s parliament narrowly passed a law setting up a commission to investigate Russian political influence in the country, but the opposition denounces the effort as a political witch hunt aimed at hurting it before this fall’s parliamentary election. 

After a stormy debate, parliament passed the bill late Friday, overturning the upper house Senate’s rejection of the legislation. 

The ostensible goal is to examine the Kremlin’s influence from 2007 to 2022 — a period covering the 2007-2015 governments of the Civic Platform party led by Donald Tusk as well as the current Law and Justice (PiS) party government. 

But the concern is that the current government, embroiled in a battle with the European Commission over accusations that it’s backsliding on rule of law and democracy, will use it as a bludgeon against its political foes. 

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WNU Editor: This new law to probe Russian influence in the past administration has just been passed …. Polish president signs ‘Tusk Law’ on undue Russian influence (Reuters). 

Update: The panel for the probe has already been approved …. Polish President Approves Panel That May Probe Opposition Leader (Bloomberg). 

Polish President Signs ‘Tusk Law’ To Probe Russian Influence  

Poland’s Duda approves controversial Russian influence bill — DW

Poland Adopts Contested Inquiry Into Russian Influence — Barrons

Political uproar in Poland after Duda pledges to sign Kremlin commission law — Politico