European Center for Geopolitical Analysis

Profile: European Center for Geopolitical Analysis

1- Name of NGO:

European Center for Geopolitical Analysis

2- Brief & Mission:

The European Center for Geopolitical Analysis (ECAG) was established in 2007 by Mateusz Piskorski, a Polish far-right activist who was associated with the populist party Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland at the time. Piskorski is known for his controversial visits to Crimea to support Russia’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Since May 2016, he has been under arrest on suspicion of spying for Russia, though prosecutors have not disclosed the specific allegations. His colleagues at ECAG are known in Poland for promoting Eurasianism, a pan-Slavic movement popularized by Russian political scientist Alexandr Dugin that advances the idea of a conservative “Eurasian” civilization anchored by Russia.

Initially, the ECAG focused on conducting “election observation” missions that were viewed as supportive of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe. However, over time, the organization expanded its involvement in various pro-Kremlin initiatives.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

Recent evidence has surfaced indicating that the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis (ECAG), based in Poland, was potentially under the influence of the Russian authorities. There are allegations that the organization consistently promotes and safeguards Russian interests in Europe while defending and disseminating Kremlin policies.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Throughout the years, Mateusz Piskorski, the founder of the NGO, had multiple Russian handlers overseeing his activities. Among his long-term handlers was Aleksey Martynov, the director of the International Institute of the Newly Established States (IINES). The IINES is a Russian organization that seeks to promote Moscow’s foreign policy interests by legitimizing territories occupied by Russia, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Georgia), Transnistria (Moldova), and the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic” (Ukraine) as independent sovereign states.

5- Sources of Funding:

As per the findings of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project investigation, the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis (ECAG) reportedly received €21,000 in May 2013 through Crystalord Ltd., a company associated with the Russian Laundromat scheme. The payment was labeled as “consulting services,” despite Polish law prohibiting the organization from engaging in profit-oriented business activities.

6- Activities:

In March 2014, Mateusz Piskorski co-organized an “election observation” mission to monitor the controversial referendum held in Crimea, which was followed by its annexation by Russia. Piskorski’s role, along with more than 30 “observers” he brought to Crimea, was to provide a façade of international legitimacy to Moscow’s actions. However, these attempts failed as the international community, including the United Nations, did not recognize the “referendum” or the Russian annexation of Crimea.

During the same period, as Russia occupied Crimea and began its incursion into Eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin mobilized its experts specializing in the post-Soviet region. At the forefront of the Russian anti-Ukrainian strategy was Vladislav Surkov, a prominent “political technologist” within the Kremlin. Surkov’s team was responsible for developing or endorsing most of Moscow’s high-level information warfare activities concerning Ukraine.

In March 2014, Aleksey Martynov was introduced to Surkov’s team by Oleg Matveychev, a Kremlin political expert who played a role in organizing the “international observation” during the Crimean referendum. Martynov’s cooperation was personally supported in April-May 2014 by Boris Rapoport, an important member of Surkov’s team and a representative of the Russian Presidential Administration.

7- NGO Leadership:

Mateusz Piskorski is the founder and current president of the organization.

8- Controversy:

Upon joining Surkov’s team, one of Aleksey Martynov’s responsibilities included organizing “international observation” missions for elections in which Moscow had vested interests. As Ukraine prepared for its early presidential election in May 2014, following the departure of former President Viktor Yanukovych to Russia, Martynov provided Boris Rapoport with a list of compliant “international observers.” Martynov claimed that these observers had been officially registered by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (which was true) and were willing to travel to Ukraine to publicly criticize the elections afterward in exchange for a fee of €20,000. Notably, this decision to condemn the Ukrainian elections was made even before the elections had taken place. The list of these “international observers” was compiled by Mateusz Piskorski.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website: 
  • Address: Polnad
  • Email:.

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The organization in question has been blacklisted due to its alleged connections with the Russian government.

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