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Russia's chances to return to PACE lower, - Justice Minister

Russia has to meet the requirements on the release of the political prisoners and termination of aggression
12:47, 14 August 2018

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A new lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia due to the violations of the Ukrainian political prisoners has reduced the chances of the Russian delegation to return to PACE, as Pavlo Petrenko, the Justice Minister, said on air 112 Ukraine.

“I think that the Russian delegation can return to PACE only when the demands set by the Ukrainian delegation are fulfilled. It means, they have to meet the requirements on the release of the political prisoners, on termination of aggression, fulfilment of Minsk Agreements on Donbas, on returning Crimea. From the viewpoint of the international law, the Russian delegation does not have chances to return for now. Moreover, our last statement on the political prisoners, Ukraine’s lawsuit, a set list of the political prisoners which might be extended,” Petrenko stated.

Related: Ukraine asks ECHR to impose personal sanctions against Russian officials

As we reported Ukraine has filed six lawsuits against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights. The previous appeals concern the events connected with Crimea’s annexation, mass violations of Ukrainians’ rights (kidnapping, murder, imprisonment, property rights violation, violations of rights to a fair trial). Moreover, the lawsuits are also about the events in Donbas during the battle actions and mass violation of human rights by the Russian Federation.

Related: PACE makes step for return of Russia's delegation to assembly

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