Russia VS. PACE

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Russia intends to add lawmakers from Crimea and Sevastopol, when joining the PACE session on June 25, Dozhd TV channel reported.

If PACE passes the resolution restoring the respective rights of the Russian delegation, the country will file the appeal to participate and go to Strasbourg on the same day. Otherwise, Russian delegation threatens to leave the session, and the country's payment ''will be paid only if all of its authorities are confirmed''.

The outlet's sources in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's Parliament report that if the Russian authority decides to send its delegation to PACE, the line-up of this delegation might include the MPs from Crimea and Sevastopol. The parliamentarians assume that such decision may lead to tension in the very process of Russia's return to PACE, which, in turn, could apply sanctions against these particular MPs.

In April 2014, Russian delegation at PACE was stripped of many rights and authorities, including the vote right - because of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk region. The Russian delegation stopped working, protesting against that decision and demanding to change the internal regulations of PACE.
Russia plans to bring Crimean MPs to PACE session

Natalia Poklonskaya, the most prominent Duma member from Crimea

Former Ukrainian prosecutor, became Head Prosecutor of Crimea after defecting to the Russians in 2014. Mercilessly hunted down various pro-Ukraine elements in her republic, among the Crimean Tatars, etc. Became a figure of both admiration (among Russian nationalists) and hatred (among Ukrainian ones) over this. Later was invited to Moscow, to the Duma. Unabashed nationalist herself; last year, a delegation of Republican lawmakers came to Russia, apparently trying too see how to repair relations there; when they visited the Duma, other members greeted them, with applause and such, not Poklonskaya, she demonstratively turned her back on the Americans; photographs of this in the media earned her more praise among her right-wing fans :) Principled woman too, I must say. Hasn't hesitated to go against the powers that be on occasion, for what she believes in; for instance - she alone voted against the raising of pension age, also last year... Of course, being from Crimea gives her certain impunity; another member who pulled the various stunts she has would have got his or her head torn off by now; but Crimea still has a special aura around it, and folks, even in the Duma, still try to be extra nice to Crimeans, just because lol

But, yeah, if the Russians successfully force PACE to re-admit their delegation with full privileges, including the "Iron Lady of Crimea" (Poklonskaya), I think the sessions there will get livened up nicely haha At the very least, the Ukrainian delegation will start getting aggressive responses for all their anti-Russia motions haha Poklonskaya won't put up with bs from anyone, that's for sure...

Russia is clearly not inclined to compromise here. They know PACE needs their money, badly, that's at least 10% of PACE's budget they been withholding since their delegation was stripped of privileges. No joke.

Plus, of course, Putin is basically blackmailing them with the idea that Russia's withdrawal from there would leave regular people there with no recourse when their government mistreats them and violates their rights, no civilized court to complain to.

Putin knows the Europeans really care about such things, unlike himself. He, of course, simply sees it as their weakness... :(
 

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Aleksandar Šešelj, a nationalist Serb MP and PACE member (Aleksandar Šešelj - Wikipedia), son of this dude: Vojislav Šešelj - Wikipedia speaks (in Russian) in defence of Russia; among other things, he says that the referendum in Crimea is an example of real democracy that Europe should learn from; one of the Ukrainians tries to interrupt him, and the lady Speaker or whoever she is shushes him, "I did not give you the turn to speak" :D

Amazing lol
 

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Voting rights of members of PACE delegations are not subject to sanctions, the assembly said in a resolution.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has officially invited Russian delegation to take part in June session, the resolution passed by the assembly by 118 votes to 62 with 10 abstentions, reads.

Earlier, the PACE Committee on Rules of Procedure adopted a draft resolution paving the way for Russia's participation in the next PACE session.

In April, PACE members adopted a resolution urging Russia to form a delegation, pay its membership fees and return to the assembly. Moscow, however, has demanded guarantees that it will be granted the right to vote before it returns.
PACE Officially Invites Russian Delegation to Take Part in June Session

 

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to make it possible for Russia to return to the chamber following a three-year hiatus.

The vote took place early on June 25 following debate during PACE's opening summer session in Strasbourg.

The decision marked the first time that a major sanction imposed on Moscow since its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March 2014 has been reversed.

With 47 member states, the Council of Europe is the continent’s main human rights body.

A total of 118 parliamentarians agreed to welcome Russia back into PACE immediately and to blunt the assembly's ability to impose sanctions similar to those on Russia in the future.

Sixty-two members of the parliamentary assembly voted against the move and 10 abstained.

In a resolution, PACE decided that its members’ “rights to vote, to speak, and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies shall not be suspended or withdrawn in the context of a challenge to or reconsideration of credentials.”

The assembly said this clarification of its rules was to “ensure that member States’ right and obligation to be represented and to participate in both statutory bodies of the Council of Europe is respected.”

The assembly also invited the parliaments of Council of Europe member states “which are not represented by a delegation” to PACE to present their credentials during the ongoing annual session.

That means Russia can present a delegation to PACE on June 25, paving the way for the country to participate in the election of a new secretary-general for the Council of Europe the next day.

The head of the Ukranian delegation to PACE, Volodymyr Ariev, said the assembly's decision sends "a very bad message: do what you want, annexe another country's territory, kill people there, and you will still leave with everything."

The head of the Russian State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, said PACE "made a huge step toward defending the rights of national delegations."

Russia's delegation will not tolerate "any more sanctions, no matter how insignificant," Slutsky also said.

In 2014, Russia was stripped of its voting rights in PACE following Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and its backing of militant separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed some 13,000 people since April 2014.

Russia responded in 2016 by boycotting the assembly, and has since 2017 refused to pay its annual contribution of 33 million euros, roughly 7 percent of the council's budget.

The country had threatened to quit the body altogether if its delegation isn't reinstated and it can't vote on the next secretary-general to succeed Norway's Thorbjorn Jagland.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have supported Russia’s reintroduction to PACE, arguing that it’s better to have Russia included to promote dialogue even if there are disagreements on issues.
Council Of Europe's Assembly OKs Russia's Return

This IS huge. Might even pave the way for other sanctions to be dropped...
 

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