|member of Sejm 2005-2007|
September 25, 2005 – November 4, 2007
|Born||May 18, 1977|
Mateusz Piskorski (born 18 May 1977, Szczecin) is a Polish political neo-Eurasian activist, expert, and publicist, as well as a proponent of what he calls the "De-Americanization of the European continent" and "strategic shift of Europe's allies from the West to Russia" ("Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok").
Education and professional work
In 2001, he graduated in Political Science at the University of Szczecin. In January 2011 he received his doctorate at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Samoobrona in Polish political party system".
In 2002 he was employed as a lecturer at the University of Szczecin. He worked there until 2005 He also lectured at the Collegium Balticum and the High School of Pedagogy in Szczecin. In 2007 he returned to work at the University of Szczecin. In 2008 he was elected a president of the "Society for Polish-Venezuelan Partnership". He also became the president of the board of Nord Media Press and worked at polish NBC. From December 2009 to December 2010 was deputy director of Polish Radio Euro. He was a lecturer at the Jan Długosz University in Czestochowa.
Piskorski was a co-founder in 2007 of the European Center of Geopolitical Analysis (Europejskie Centrum Analiz Geopolitycznych - ECAG), a pro-Eurasianism Polish thinktank dealing with issues of geopolitics. It publishes books, organizes conferences and runs portal geopolityka.org. His texts were published among others in the Polityka Narodowa, Obywatel, Myśl Polska and Myśl.pl.
As a student, Piskorski joined the Polish People's Party. He was also active in various societies promoting the idea of pan-Slavism. He was an activist of the far right Pagan "NIKLOT" society and worked in various organizations of the popular-patriotic profile, such as the National-Democratic Party. A big impact on his political activities was the ideas of Polish political philosopher Jan Stachniuk (leader of the pre-war society "Zadruga"). Those ideas combine on the one hand passionate patriotism, and on the other consequent anti-capitalism and anti-globalism. In 2000, he travelled to Russia at the invitation of Pavel Tulaev to meet with other far right and pan-Slavic activists there. He maintains close contacts with continentalists from all over Europe who consistently argue for "de-Americanisation of the Old Continent" and for the construction of Euro-continental cooperation "from Lisbon to Vladivostok".
In 2000 Piskorski quit the People's Party and in 2002 joined the Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland party to become the assistant to Member of Parliament Jan Łączny. He quit his PhD in 2005 to devote himself to politics. In 2005 he also became one of principal members of Andrzej Lepper's electoral committee during the Polish 2005 presidential election.
In the Polish 2005 parliamentary election, Piskorski successfully ran for the Sejm from the Szczecin constituency. As a deputy he was a vice-chairman of the Reprivatization Committee and worked in the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Statutory Committee. He also represented Polish Parliament in the Assembly of Western European Union. The following year he also ran for president of Szczecin in the 2006 local elections, but withdrew before the elections and supported a Law and Justice candidate instead. He failed to defend his seat in the Polish 2007 parliamentary election and failed to return to the parliament in the 2011 parliamentary election (this time running as a candidate of Polish Labour Party (Sierpień 80)).
In February 2015 Mateusz Piskorski founded a new political party called "Zmiana" ("Change"), being a political platform that combines left-wing anti-capitalist views with anti-imperialist, pacifistic social policies. At the founding meeting were invited, among many other figures, representatives of the self-proclaimed Novorossiya to inform the Polish public about their views on the War in Donbass.
In May 2016, shortly before NATO summit, Piskorski was detained by Poland's Internal Security Agency on the charges of "cooperation with Russian intelligence services, meeting intelligence officers and undertaking operational tasks from them as well as accepting payments". Sources internal to the Zmiana party have described the detention as: “an attempt to intimidate those whose views on foreign, domestic and socioeconomic policy differ from those of the government”. As of June 2018, Piskorski is still detained without being formally charged with anything. UN Working Group on Arbitrary detentions has asked to release him, in 2018.
Mateusz Piskorski, as an expert and political scientist, participated and co-organized a number of election monitoring missions, since 2007 organised by the pro-Kremlin European Center of Geopolitical Analysis (ECAG):
- Belarusian parliamentary election, 2004
- Abkhazian presidential election, 2009
- Belarusian presidential election, 2010
- Latvia 25 February 2011 (regional elections)
- Estonian parliamentary election, 2011
- Russian regional elections, 2011
- Latvian parliamentary dissolution referendum, 2011
- Germany 18 September 2011 (local elections)
- Armenian parliamentary election, 2012
- Nagorno-Karabakh presidential election, 2012
- Autonomous Republic of Crimea 16 March 2014 (referendum)
- Russia 12–16 September 2014 (regional elections)
- Anton Shekhovtsov (2015) "Far-Right Election Observation Monitors in the Service of the Kremlin's Foreign Policy" Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship Lexington Books  p.233. See also Elisabeth Braw "The Kremlin's Influence Game" World Affairs 10 March 2015
- "In the late 1990s, he was an active member of the Association for Tradition and Culture Niklot, a neo-pagan, "metapolitical fascist" group that was influenced by the ideology of the Polish interwar neo-pagan fascist Zadruga movement. Apart from the indigenous Polish interwar influences, Niklot was inspired by volkisch ideology, writings of Italian fascist Julius Evola, and French New Right thinker Alain de Benoist." Shekhovtsov p.233
- Shekhovtsov p.233
- zel, p. 1.
- Państwowa Komisja Wyborcza, p. 1.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
- "Wyborcza.pl". m.wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
- "The Guardian". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- Opinion No. 18/2018 concerning Mateusz Piskorski (Poland) para. 58-60
- Anton Shekhovtsov (2015) "Far-Right Election Observation Monitors in the Service of the Kremlin's Foreign Policy" Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship Lexington Books  p.233
- Piskorski "started his international election monitoring career in 2004 when he was sent to observe parliamentary elections in Belarus by Andrzej Lepper, leader of the right-wing populist Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland (Samoobrona Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej). According to the joint report of OSCE and ODIHR, the 2004 parliamentary elections in Belarus "fell significantly short of OSCE commitments," while "the Belarusian authorities failed to create the conditions to ensure that the will of the people serves as the basis of the authority of government." Piskorski's conclusion, however, was predictably affirmative: "There was nothing suggesting any violations."" Anton Shekhovtsov (2015) "Far-Right Election Observation Monitors in the Service of the Kremlin's Foreign Policy" Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship Lexington Books  p.233
- (in Polish) Gk; Polish Press Agency (corporate author); Rzeczpospolita (corporate author) (06-10-2002). "Jesienny zaciąg Leppera" [Lepper's autumn levy]. Newsweek Polska (06-10–2002). ISSN 1642-5685. Retrieved 2014-03-18. Check date values in:
- (in Polish) ECAG (corporate author). "Eksperci ECAG". Geopolityka.org. Archived from the original on 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- (in Polish) zel; Polish Press Agency (corporate author) (10-11-2006). "Kandydat Samoobrony rezygnuje ze startu w wyborach na rzecz kandydatki PiS". wiadomosci.wp.pl (2006-11–10). Retrieved 2014-03-18. Check date values in:
- (in Polish) Państwowa Komisja Wyborcza (corporate author) (2011). "Piskorski Mateusz Andrzej". Wybory 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
- Mateusz Piskorski - parliamentary page - includes declarations of interest, voting record, and transcripts of speeches.