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What is the difference between the Soviet Union and Russia as the legal successor of the USSR? The difference is only one - the absence of the death penalty. But everything else – is exactly like in the Soviet Union.
Why do I say this - because I am concerned about the intentions of some influential members of the Assembly, including its chairman, to do everything in order to return Russia to the Assembly without any restrictions. Other words, to forgive them all that they have done in recent years, according to the principle of eyes wide shut.
The heads and deputies of all political groups have visited Moscow in September, they had contacts with Russians in St. Petersburg. Also the chairman of the Federation Council came there. And what information we received? We learned that there was not even trying to discuss what Russia has to fulfill within the framework of its commitments to the Council of Europe.
Instead, we, as members of the Assembly, received the Russian list of requirements that Council of Europe must fulfill. For the first time not the country must fulfill requirements of the organization, but exactly organization should roll out the red carpet in front of a member country and fulfill its requirements.
Let us ask ourselves the question whether we will continue this hypocrisy and continue to call it a dialogue? We see that there is no dialogue. There's just they win and we lose. Russia is offering us such a choice. We have to protect our Assembly from destruction. Therefore, you should choose the last option - not to concede.