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Meeting of the Committee, October 17

The State Duma Committee on International Affairs recommended ratification of the additional protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (803772-7)
The document signed on July 27, 2017 in Strasbourg, the category of criminal offenses includes acts related to terrorist activities, including the provision of financial and other assistance to those traveling to another state in order to carry out terrorist attacks. At the same time, the additional protocol requires all states that have signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism to carry out timely exchange of information on such facts.

The additional protocol is designed to facilitate the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2178 (2014) “Threats to international peace and security posed by terrorist acts.” Its implementation in national legislation will enhance international antiterrorist cooperation and increase the effectiveness of specialized measures.

Of particular importance is article 4, which criminalizes travel abroad to commit terrorist crimes, as well as an attempt on its implementation. According to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, these acts do not form independent compositions. In this regard, when signing the additional protocol, the Russian Federation made a statement that, in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, such acts would be considered as preparation for a terrorist crime. “This indicates a complete readiness for the implementation of the additional protocol standards in Russian legislation and law enforcement practice, including all of its innovative provisions,” said Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky at the meeting.

According to him, about 40 countries have already signed an additional protocol, 17 have already ratified it. “Ratification by Russia of the additional protocol will be an important contribution to pan-European cooperation in the fight against global evil – international terrorism,” concluded Slutsky. The committee suggested submitting the issue to the State Duma on October 22.

At the same time, the Committee recommended ratification of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Namibia on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters (803819-7), as well as the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on scientific and technical cooperation in the field of high energy physics and other areas of mutual interest and the Protocol thereto (789092-7). Both bills are also proposed to be discussed at a plenary meeting of the chamber on October 22.

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