Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe "Plays The Role of Inquisitors"
April 11, 2014 • 8:50AM

The British and European Union forced through a decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) suspending its rights until the end of the year. PACE represents the national members of parliament of the Council of Europe's 47 member-states; the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, is Europe's major human rights organization, and unrelated to the EU.

Condemning the decision, the head of the Russian delegation, Alexei Pushkov, charged:

"The most unpleasant thing in this history is that the Parliamentary Assembly betrayed its own principles: rule of law and rule of human rights. The majority in PACE betrayed the principles of the rule of law and the rule of human rights. The majority took the path of serving the interests of a group of states that is poised on the geopolitical grasping of Ukraine."

The Russian delegation refused to attend the debate, withdrawing from the April session of PACE altogether, with Pushkov charging:

"We believe that there is no point in participating in this political farce. We see no reasons why we should take part in this inquisition. If they want to play the role of inquisitors, let them play it on their own."

After the vote, Pushkov, who chairs the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, declared that Russia will now decide whether it will withdraw from PACE, but "will not hurry with [a] final decision on Russia leaving PACE." It will be made "in the next two or three weeks."

The motion suspends Russia's right to vote, to be represented in the Assembly's leadership bodies, and to take part in election monitoring until the end of this year. The resolution was backed by 145 PACE members while 21 voted against it and 22 abstained, according to the Voice of Russia. There are 318 parliamentarians from the 47 member countries in PACE.

An earlier attempt to pass a resolution to throw Russia out of PACE was rejected; nonetheless, PACE passed an outrageous resolution calling the "annexation" of the Crimea illegal and incompatible with international law, to which Pushkov said: "[The resolution] does not mean that Russia will rush to reconsider its foreign policy and principles.... If the majority of the Assembly considers that Russia is incompatible with the principles of the Council of Europe — they should first see how compatible they are." Russia Today quoted Pushkov's Twitter feed, that "The resolutions look like they are from NATO, not from an institution that is meant to unite Europe. This is a triumph of double standards."

This resolution was passed yesterday by 154 votes, while 26 Assembly members voted against it and 14 abstained. It was written by two obvious British agents, Mailis Reps of Estonia, and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin of Sweden. The resolution was Goebbels-style whitewash, which characterized the Nazis in Kiev's putschist government thus: "There was no ultra-right wing takeover of the central government in Kiev, nor was there any imminent threat to the rights of the ethnic Russian minority in the country, including, or especially, in Crimea." It calls, in effect, for press censorship, claiming, "The frequent and unsubstantiated reports of minority rights violations in Ukraine, as well as the negative portrayal of the new government in Kiev" should stop.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying,

"It is obvious to us that the document was made hurriedly and pursues purely political goals. Against the principles of fairness and objectivity, and citing unknown but clearly tendentiously selected sources, the report gives very doubtful evaluations and conclusions." The statement added that it failed to cite the commonly known facts of violence, discrimination against national minorities, and "aggressive nationalism" in Ukraine.

As for the babblings of the Ukrainian delegation, Pushkov told Itar-Tass:

"I was astonished by the speeches of Ukrainian deputies. The degree of credibility of what they say equals to nil: there are not any problems in Ukraine, all national minorities are happy, everyone is living in total democracy, and absolute freedom of speech."

In response to criticisms from Russian, Dutch, Hungarian, and Moldovan parliamentarians, the Ukrainian MPs only repeated, monotonously, "we have no such problem," at the same time, claiming that there is "a threat of Russian military invasion."

Pushkov again slammed the Ukrainians:

"That is hilarious! Ukraine is on the brink of a default, 10 million people in the east [of the country] do not recognize the government and demand federalization, the country is on a verge of a split. There is no constitution, no lawfulness, no legitimate government, no power in Ukraine."