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Petr Tolstoy: Russia has fulfilled all the obligations undertaken when it joined the Council of Europe

The Russian Federation had fulfilled all the obligations undertaken when Russia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1996, as said Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, PACE Vice-President,...

The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation received the PACE delegation

On June 28, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation held a meeting with the co-rapporteurs of the Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the fulfillment...

Viacheslav Volodin called the PACE resolution on Crimea biased and offensive

Earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution according to which Russia should not apply its legislation in Crimea. PACE also reaffirmed “non-recognition of...

Statement by the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe on the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on human rights situation in the Republic of Crimea and the Federal City of Sevastopol

The decision on human rights situation in the Republic of Crimea and the Federal City of Sevastopol, adopted on May 11 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, contradicts the...

Petr Tolstoy: Russia will not implement PACE’s politicized decisions

“I would like to remind our esteemed European colleagues that Alexei Navalny has been convicted of fraud. All attempts to present him as a political prisoner and a martyr, as they have already...

Chairman of the State Duma: PACE representatives to observe elections to the State Duma

Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin told journalists about that agreement. “I invited representatives of the PACE to observe the upcoming elections to the State Duma,” he said. ...

Russian assessment of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights performance

It has become a long and familiar tale how we keep discussing our Western partners’ attitude toward human rights issues rather than the human rights problems themselves. We noted a statement...

Mayor of Kazan I.Metshin was re-elected Vice-Chair of the Current Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe

Speaking at a meeting of the Current Affairs Committee during the plenary session of the congress, the Mayor of Kazan voiced several important issues. One of them is the peaceful coexistence of...

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe resolution on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Latvia

From the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 12, 2021 On March 3, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the...

Entry into force of the European Convention on the Abolition of the Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers in the Russian Federation on March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, the European Convention on the Abolition of the Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers, of June 7, 1968, will enter into force in the...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s statements on Crimea in the Council of Europe

From the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 4, 2021 Germany has also given us an excuse to comment, but unfortunately not on the positive aspects of our...

Letter of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, 28 February 2021

Dear Madame Secretary General, 25 years ago in Strasbourg our predecessors, Yevgeny Primakov and Daniel Tarshis, signed documents on the accession of the Russian Federation to the Council of...

Statement by Ambassador Ivan Soltanovsky, Permanent Representative of Russia to the Council of Europe on persecutions of media in Ukraine

These days we witness the persecutions of the few remaining independent TV channels in Ukraine. On February 2 President Zelensky introduced sanctions against three Ukrainian TV channels, namely...

Mayor of Kazan I.Metshin spoke at the Statutory Forum of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

Powerful youth policies at the local level are key to ensuring the sustainability of democracies in the future. Therefore, it is necessary to invest in youth activities and create spaces where...

Welcoming speech by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe Ivan Soltanovsky on the occasion of an online exhibition featuring this year’s winners of the Annual Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest

I am pleased to open an exhibition featuring this year’s winners of the Annual Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the exhibition is launched online this...

Sergei Kislyak: Russian delegation’s credentials in PACE confirmed in full

Credentials of the Russian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have been approved without limitations, reported First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council...

Press release of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation regarding the judgment of the ECHR in the case of Georgia v. Russia (II), January 21, 2021

On January 21, 2021, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights  published its judgment in the inter-State case of Georgia v. Russia (II), concerning  the events August...

Statement by Ambassador Ivan Soltanovsky, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe on the situation of national minorities in Crimea

Over the past six years, Russia has been substantively engaged in promoting socio-economic, cultural, religious and other rights of numerous national minorities living in Crimea - Armenian,...

On Russia – Council of Europe seminar on the outcome and lessons of World War II

From the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, December 24, 2020 On December 14-18, 2020, "Remembrance and Learning from Second World War" international youth...

Members of the Federation Council took part in the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy meeting

First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Sergei Kislyak and First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security Vladimir Kozhin took...