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Protests on Moscow: Britain's delegation to PACE wants to reconsider Russia's return

Head of the British delegation to PACE Roger Gale noted that "the brutality with which batons used by men who may or may not have been regular police officers is clearly staggeringly unacceptable in any civilised society"
11:32, 5 August 2019

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Head of the British delegation to PACE Roger Gale urged to reconsider Russia’s return to the organization due to mass detentions and beating of protesters in Moscow. Christopher Yvon, Britain’s Permanent Representative to Council of Europe, published the respective statement on Facebook.

Related: Poland supported declaration, which started return of Russia to PACE

On August 3, a protests against the refusal to register oppositions candidates on elections to Moscow City Duma. Law enforcers were beating protesters with batons. The total number of detainees exceeded 800 people. Five were hospitalized.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without limitations to the right to vote. 

Related: U.S. present draft resolution condemning Russia's return to PACE

Due to this fact, the delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Litva Slovakia, Estonia, and Georgia announced demarche. The delegations of Ukraine and Georgia launched a complaints procedure in PACE over Russia’s return to the organization.

Moreover, the Ukrainian delegation stopped its work in the PACE, excluding the sessions concerning the Russian issue. 

Related: Ukraine obliged to invite PACE observers to parliamentary elections, - PACE president

As we reported profile committees of the PACE considered the question of restoring all authorities of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. The concluding recommendation passed after the night-time session says that these powers should be returned without any sanctions - not even those that remained after the PACE resolution was passed on June 24.

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