Contents tagged with Council of Europe

  • PACE calls on Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted the resolution "The escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security,” Ukrinform reports.

    In this resolution, PACE officially demands that Russia treats the captured sailors in compliance with the Geneva Convention on to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. "The Assembly urges Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian servicemen and ensure they are granted the necessary medical, …

  • Secretary General of Council of Europe speaks about the crisis in PACE due to the conflict with Russia

    Depriving Russia of the right to vote in the Parliamentary Assembly neither improved the human rights situation in Russia nor made Russia to return the Crimea. Instead, it caused a crisis in the Council of Europe, said Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the organization, at the PACE winter session on Tuesday, January 22. A report on his speech was published on the website of the Council of Europe.

    Jagland noted that the Assembly’s decision to deprive the Russian delegation of the …

  • Russia refuses to pay contributions to the Council of Europe

    After consultations with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Liliane Maury Pasquier in Geneva, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy stated that Russia will not pay contributions to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe or PACE in 2019, TASS reports.

    "PACE will not receive Russian contributions. Russia is not going to buy tickets to a movie that we won’t watch,” Tolstoy stated. He also opposed the intentions of the Russian delegation to …

  • Russia caught interfering in Moldovan elections

    Chisinau has declassified a report investigating interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation and its Russian founder, Lyudmila Kozlovskaya, in Moldova’s internal affairs by financing Moldovan political parties, reported the Moldovan state news agency, citing the press service of the Moldovan parliament.

    “The commission has reached the conclusion that Open Dialogue’s actions were of a subversive nature and constituted a threat to the state security of the Republic of Moldova,” the report …

  • Secretary General of PACE: If Russia does not pay, it will be excluded from the statutory bodies

    Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland warned that Russia’s participation in statutory bodies would be terminated if it did not pay its contributions to the OSCE budget in 2019, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

    Jagland said that the Committee of Ministers can terminate Russia’s participation in the PACE and Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in accordance with the statute that imposes restrictions against the State that does not pay membership fees. Russia may …

  • PACE representative preparing resolution on Nemtsov murder case denied entry to Russia

    Lithuanian politician Emanuelis Zingeris, who was supposed to prepare a resolution of the Council of Europe on the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov was denied entry to Russi, Deutsche Welle reports. The politician planned a trip to Moscow to collect materials for the preparation of the resolution.

    "Perhaps the ban is related to my work in the Council of Europe and my investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Boris Nemtsov, about which I later intend to inform …

  • Russia appeals to Council of Europe concerning arrest of RIA Novosti editor-in-chief

    Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has contacted Dunya Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s commissioner on human rights, in connection with the arrest of RIA Novosti-Ukraine editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine, TASS reports.

    “The council expresses extreme concern regarding the situation connected to the arrest of Kirill Vyshinsky and the pressure on his colleague. We ask you, esteemed Ms. Mijatović, to take personal control of this. We consider it necessary …

  • Council of Europe condemns another death penalty in Belarus

    The Council of Europe has strongly criticized the execution of a criminal for a murder in Belarus.

    "The extreme penalty is a horrible and inhumane punishment that is no longer admissible in Europe," said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on Thursday, March 8th.

    The execution of Kirill Kazachok, 40, is shocking mainly because it took place in October 2017 and the mother of the criminal has only …

  • Secretary General of the Council of Europe: annexation of Crimea is not enough to expel Russia from the organization

    The Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CE), Thorbjørn Jagland believes that Russia and other "problematic" member countries of the Council of Europe should remain in the organization for as long as they do not violate the four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    All other violations of the principles of the Council of Europe would not have such an impact on their membership, including Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, he said at the PACE meeting in Strasbourg.

    The …

  • Russia wants to reduce contributions to Council of Europe

    Russia is investigating the possibility of reducing its contributions to the Council of Europe (CE) since there is no way to influence the operation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Izvestiya reports with reference to a source in the State Duma.

    The news outlet’s sources said that Russia plans to cut back on its contributions to the organization by $7-10 million. This amount is comparable to the amount which is allocated to the operation of the court.

    “If Russia does not take …