26 Sie 2019

 Warsaw, 08-26-2019
President of the Republic of Poland
Mr. Andrzej Duda

Dear Mr. President,
For the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Warsaw at Piłsudski Square no press accreditation was granted to me, a journalist from the Kazakh opposition. I am a correspondent of the Kazakh opposition media accredited by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 10 years.
1.3 million Kazakh citizens fought Nazi Germany during World War II, of which 410,000 died and did not return to their families. And the participation of a representative of the Kazakh people in the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II is morally justified.
During Stalinism, hundreds of thousands of Poles were sent and brought in cattle cars to Kazakhstan and without the help and support of the Kazakhs they would die of hunger and cold in the steppes. Kazakhs helped Poles with what they could, although they did not have much.
Why the representatives of countries that fought during the Second World War against the plague of the 20th century, against Nazi Germany, are not accredited and not invited to the commemoration. There is no consent to segregation and injustice.
Already in 2017 I was refused accreditation for the official visit of the President of the Republic of Poland to Kazakhstan without giving any reasons or any explanations. In the civilized world, it is accepted that the President takes foreign journalists with him on an official visit, especially if the journalist is from the country where he goes. For example, President Trump was accompanied by Polish journalists accredited in the USA during his visit to Poland.
I am asking you to intervene and allow me, a representative of the state whose citizens fought during World War II, to participate in the celebrations. I am asking you, Mr. President, to respond to this injustice.

Yours sincerely,

Balli Marzec
Foreign correspondent of the Kazakh opposition abroad
President of the “Wspolnota Kazachska” Association.
+48 605 039 973

Balli Marzec