The Committee on International Affairs unanimously recommended for adoption the draft law “On the termination of international treaties of the Council of Europe with respect to the Russian Federation” introduced by the President of the Russian Federation. We are talking about withdrawing from the Charter of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and various protocols to them.
As the Chairman of the Committee Leonid Slutsky explained, “thereby, the legal aspect of the decision to terminate Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe of March 16, 2022, which became the only possible one under those monstrous double standards, one-sided approaches and Russophobia that prevailed in Strasbourg in recent years, is consolidated.” “The break with the once most wide-ranging European organization was brewing as it turned into an obedient instrument of the collective West. The unifying principles laid down in the Charter of the Council of Europe began to be eroded to please the European Union and NATO, turning the standards of the Council of Europe into the notorious “order based on rules” and promoting values alien to Russia,” L. Slutsky noted.
According to him, the termination of the ECHR, in particular, will not adversely affect the observance of human rights in Russia. “Over the 26 years of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe, all of its norms have been implemented in national legislation, they are in force and will continue to be in force. The Russian Constitution, moreover, provides for a wider range of rights and freedoms than the ECHR,” added the head of the Committee.
The issue is proposed to be submitted to the State Duma on February 16.