The lawmakers of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have extended the authorities of the Russian delegation, as Ukraine’s MP Oleksiy Honcharenko reported.
107 people voted for such a decision; 36 were ‘against’ and 24 people abstained.
“Unfortunately, many colleagues from the Assembly still try to look for an elusive ‘dialogue’ with those, who are not going to hold it. But we will not leave it like that. We, together with our international friends will dispute the authorities of the Russian delegation every time at the earliest opportunity,” Honcharenko said.
Earlier, Ukraine challenged the credentials of the Russian delegation to PACE. The Ukrainian delegation was supported in that matter by 38 delegates out of the required 30.
Earlier, Head of Ukraine’s Delegation to PACE Maria Mezentseva reported that Ukraine plans to challenge Russia’s authorities in PACE due to the incident with opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
As we reported earlier, Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. Officers of the search department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia detained him right after his plane landed in Moscow.
It is worth noting that he has been on the country's federal wanted list since December 29, 2020, for repeated violations of the probationary period - Navalny is currently sentenced to conditional punishment.
On January 18, at Khimki police station, the trial over Navalny took place. According to his lawyer Vadim Kobzev, Navalny was arrested for 30 days.
Prior to that, the politician stayed in Germany, being treated at the Charite clinic and recovering from the poisoning by Novichok nerve agent in August 2020. The Russian law enforcers prosecute Navalny for "evading control measures", as he is the defendant in the Yves-Rocher case (2014). Navalny himself calls the case trumped-up and politically motivated.
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