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Russia is considering the possibility of withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, Ivan Soltanovsky, said. This document requires the prohibition of torture and slavery, guarantees the right to a fair trial, elections, education, freedom of thought, religion and expression. It was ratified by Russia in 1998, and since then, the citizens of the Russian Federation are subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, which guarantees the protection of the rights enshrined in the convention.

According to Soltanovsky, the withdrawal from the convention is seen as a response to the conflict with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), where the Russian delegation was deprived of voting rights in 2014–15 in response to the annexation of the Crimea and the war in Donbas.

“We are considering all options for the development of events, including from the point of view of their foreign policy consequences both for Russia and for international relations on the European continent,” Soltanovsky said, answering the question whether Russia’s withdrawal from the convention is possible.

The delegation of the Russian Federation has not been participating in PACE meetings for more than four years, and since June 2017 it has not paid contributions to the organization’s budget. According to the PACE statute, this gives the organization the right to exclude Russia in June 2019.

Due to the fact that Russian parliamentarians were deprived of the right to vote, more than 20 judges of the ECHR, many of whom are entrusted with the consideration of Russian affairs, were elected without the participation of Russian representatives, which “raises questions” to their legitimacy, a high-ranking official explained in March 2018.

As a result, when considering complaints against Russia, the “politicization of the position of the ECHR”, “the arguments and arguments of the Russian side are not taken into account” grows, the court “refuses to take into account the peculiarities of the Russian legal system and international law, and often resorts to double standards”, the source complained RIA.

"The government of Russia is considering the possibility of deciding on the denunciation of the ECHR, which will lead to our country's withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the ECHR and the termination of Russia's membership in the Council of Europe," he said.

At the April session, the Assembly by a majority vote adopted a resolution in which it called on Russia to form its delegation and resume payment of contributions to the Council of Europe budget.

The representative of the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commenting on this decision, noted that Russia can participate in the PACE meetings only on the condition of full membership in the assembly.

Source https://ria.ru/20190505/1553266621.html

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