Today, the Committee on International Affairs held an extended meeting in the form of a round table “On the situation of violation of human rights and legitimate interests of Russian people and compatriots abroad”.
Members of the State Duma and the Federation Council, journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, political activist Maria Butina, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, head of Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation) Eleonora Mitrofanova, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Justice, Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation took part in the meeting.
According to the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, it was necessary to hold such a round table because “the problem of protecting our citizens who are in a difficult situation abroad is still on the agenda.”
“Only last year, there were more than 600 cases of unjustified arrests, deportations, absence of timely medical service, and extradition of our fellow citizens in various Western countries against a background of general anti-Russian sentiments. Unfortunately, we can see judicial bias, fictional and fabricated accusations against Russian citizens abroad and all these things have become regular. And I should pay attention to the United States, as their authorities apply the so-called extraterritorial justice, and have launched a real hunt for Russian people around the world,” said Leonid Slutskiy.
Participants of the round table discussed issues of strengthening of mechanisms of protection of Russian citizens and compatriots in foreign states, by combining the efforts of the state, civil society, parliamentarians and the legal community and other ways to help citizens who are in difficult situations in foreign states.