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Russia in the Council of Europe. Hold no more strength?

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It is incredible, but true: Russia, through the mouth of its Foreign Minister, S. Lavrov, has declared its readiness to withdraw from the Council of Europe. However, while with the reservation: it will occur in the event that our country will want to exclude from this organization. “We will not give them such pleasure,” Lavrov said in an interview with Euronews.


I must admit that история Our membership in this organization is more like an unsuccessful marriage of a hooligan and a masochist. Russia is being beaten all the time, but it is silent, suffers and hopes that it will soon become better.



Quibbling and bullying began even before the formalization of the "relationship", which took place in 1996 year. Russia's entry into this organization was accompanied by a wave of charges related to the first Chechen campaign, violation of human rights, the rejection of the complete abolition of the death penalty, the lack of transparency of the judicial system, and so on. It was possible to negotiate accession to the Council of Europe only at the cost of signing a huge list of commitments, including more than twenty items. The requirements were both legitimate, such as the signing and ratification of certain conventions and declarations, and very specific, for example: to refuse any zones of influence; return property and cultural property exported following the Second World War; remove all restrictions on foreign travel of state secret persons, and even bring the legislation regulating the activities of the FSB in line with European standards.

It must be admitted that, until now, not all of the demands made on Russia for joining the Council of Europe were fulfilled by the Russian side. In particular, the refusal of the death penalty was implemented in our country as a moratorium, and although not only not a single sentence was executed in Russia since 1996, no one was even sentenced to death, it was still an occasion for certain friction.

In general, it is very difficult to say if Russia would be admitted to the Council of Europe in 1996: objectively, our country was not very ready for that at that time, and hardly needed it. But it must be remembered that presidential elections were held in Russia that year, and in fact the decision to admit Moscow to the CE was a pre-election move, like the current European association of Ukraine. And we can only guess who it is so powerful put the whole of Europe in a known position and push the necessary decision.

It should be noted that after joining the Council of Europe of Russia, this organization finally had a sense of existence. In this regard, I recall the words of the famous journalist Mikhail Leontyev, spoken by him at the beginning of the “zero”: “The Council of Europe exists only to teach Russia to the mind.” Even then, the most sober and independent-minded politicians and journalists called on the Kremlin to leave this organization, realizing that being part of it was completely counterproductive for our country. But, unfortunately, then in such initiatives did not listen at all.

Among other things, Russia was one of the largest donors to the Council of Europe. In terms of contributions, Moscow has always been among the top five payers. Collectively, in all structures of the Council of Europe, including PACE and the ECHR, Moscow must transfer about forty million euros annually. Add to this the costs of our deputies, who love to travel to Europe at public expense, the cost of staff, experts, and so on, and you will understand that the total expenses associated with this organization have reached quite significant amounts.

In the 2008 year, in connection with the conflict in Georgia, the question of depriving the Russian delegation of the right to vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was first raised. Then this initiative was rejected - the Assembly did not have enough votes. But other statements condemning Russia and Georgia for the "disproportionate" use of force, and already one Russia for the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, were finally accepted by the deputies.

Well, the anti-Russian hysteria reached its climax in the 2014 year, against the backdrop of the drama unfolding in South-Eastern Ukraine. Then, even before Western countries introduced sanctions against the Russian Federation, PACE adopted a resolution condemning Russia and calling the return of Crimea annexation.

The latter, by the way, is very interesting from a legal point of view. And what, we really can be in an organization that does not recognize the territorial integrity of Russia? Moreover, can we sponsor this organization with our own money?

Also this year, it was decided to deprive the Russian delegation of the right to vote in PACE, and also to prohibit citizens of the Russian Federation from holding leadership positions in the structures of the Council of Europe. And the year ended with the decision of the ECtHR to recover from the Russian Federation 1,866 billion euros in the Yukos case.

Subsequent events probably all remember: in 2015, the Russian delegation boycotted the activities of PACE, and some time later the Russian Federation stopped paying membership dues to the Council of Europe. The non-payment of contributions, to put it mildly, “grieved” European bureaucrats, who are now forced to save literally everything. This year, the EU leadership tried to blackmail, saying that Russia could be excluded from the Council of Europe, including due to non-payment of contributions.

And finally, Sergey Lavrov responded to this awkward blackmail ...

Everyone has the right to make a conclusion about how much we need membership in this strange international organization. Still, the conclusions are rather unpleasant. Over the 22 year of stay in the Council of Europe, we spent on this organization and related costs clearly more than a billion euros. Tubes of mud were poured on us, accused of all mortal sins, publicly accused, officially refused to recognize our territorial integrity ... It seems there was not only one thing - a situation where membership in the CoE would bring Russia some practical, tangible benefit.

It seems that the answer to the question of whether we need membership in this organization is quite obvious. But no, with persistence, worthy of a better application, we continue to cling to the right to face the spitting of all Eastern European Russophobes.

Perhaps the only thing that we will somehow miss is the right to apply to the ECHR as a last chance to find justice and somehow resist the arbitrariness of our native Themis. But I am sure that if we would improve our legislation with the same perseverance, we would have had no reason for such appeals long ago.

Therefore, I would like to advise Mr. Lavrov, after all, not to turn on the rear speed, but to continue the forward movement towards the exit from this international trap. Without any "if".

And our deputies will not disappear, Sergey Viktorovich. It is a pity for them, of course, but what can you do: they will live without regular trips to Europe via the inter-parliamentary line.
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  1. Examenatornick
    Examenatornick 18 October 2018 14: 05
    +27
    ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.
    1. Svarog
      Svarog 18 October 2018 14: 09
      +12
      Quote: Examenatornick
      ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.

      And even more .. they will explain why they have not yet piled laughing
      1. 210ox
        210ox 18 October 2018 14: 16
        +14
        Why not piled!?. ". Sins" do not let go .. Well, what about without warm places and foreign business trips for the state account ..
    2. ver_
      ver_ 18 October 2018 14: 25
      +9
      ... and not just to blame, but to shed molt from this brothel ..
      1. dSK
        dSK 19 October 2018 00: 08
        +1
        Quote: ver_
        swing molt from this brothel..
        "The cabman is carrying the master, the road is long ... The cabman asks:" My dear man, what is this foreign word - tolerance means? Barin says - this is in Russian "tolerance" called. Got it, the cabman says, we have in Moscow "houses of tolerance" also have ...
    3. Serge Gorely
      Serge Gorely 18 October 2018 14: 26
      +9
      Quote: Examenatornick
      ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.

      Well so ... But the officials - they do not agree .. This is the position, etozh freebie business trips .. For THEM - it’s a necessary and useful business!
      1. Examenatornick
        Examenatornick 18 October 2018 14: 28
        +12
        they insist that this is a platform for upholding the point of view. And as for me it’s enough today and twitter. I said everything is clear to everyone. It even reaches users faster than this European barn. Such loot to dump for sitting without a voice. In the yard we called it .. well, in general it’s bad)
        1. Serge Gorely
          Serge Gorely 18 October 2018 14: 32
          +8
          Quote: Examenatornick
          they insist that this is a platform for upholding the point of view. And as for me it’s enough today and twitter. I said everything is clear to everyone. It even reaches users faster than this European barn. Such loot to dump for sitting without a voice. In the yard we called it .. well, in general it’s bad)

          Wah-wah, daragoy! Tweeter, shmiter ... How much can you earn from it? And then - you "glavnyuk", salary, pension, children need to be attached ... As Comrade Saakhov said - "you are apolitically speaking!"
        2. Victor N
          Victor N 19 October 2018 07: 39
          0
          Trade with Europe remains considerable: to break all ties - but where to sell? Didn’t notice that now it’s not the main thing to produce goods, but to sell them? Many enterprises (maybe yours) were closed because they could not sell their products to ANYONE. So the talkers-politicians - separately, and the economy (business) - separately. You just need to communicate not with everyone, but only with decent people. Like in life.
    4. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 18 October 2018 14: 30
      +9
      Quote: Examenatornick
      ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.

      What about lifting the moratorium on the death penalty? Maybe there will be a hope to rid the Russian land of finished ghouls?
      1. Examenatornick
        Examenatornick 18 October 2018 14: 37
        +3
        the abolition of the death penalty in conditions of such corruption will be even worse than its absence. Left-wing people will be executed and other people's sins hang on them for money. If corruption is detected in the Main Investigation Committee
    5. Vend
      Vend 18 October 2018 14: 33
      +3
      Quote: Examenatornick
      ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.

      Oh how you swung. laughing
    6. LSA57
      LSA57 18 October 2018 14: 39
      +3
      Quote: Examenatornick
      All 100 percent will say that you need to get out of this hat.

      and it’s advisable to slam the door very loudly
      1. dSK
        dSK 18 October 2018 23: 56
        +1
        Quote: LSA57
        slam the door loudly
        and after some time, the Russian Federation ceased to pay CE membership fees.
        I didn’t stop, but reduced as much as 30% and still pays. And our officials go there on business trips there ... It seems that the real solution will not be soon ...
    7. NEXUS
      NEXUS 18 October 2018 15: 12
      +1
      Quote: Examenatornick
      ask anyone on VO. All 100 percent will say what needs to be brought down from this hat.

      And not only from there ...
    8. Faceless
      Faceless 19 October 2018 09: 17
      0
      Also this year, it was decided to deprive the Russian delegation of voting rights in PACE, as well as to prohibit Russian citizens from holding leadership positions in Council of Europe structures. And the year ended with the decision of the ECHR to recover from the Russian Federation 1,866 billion euros in the case of Yukos


      I’ll supplement the article a little bit.

      By the decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation of January 19.01.2017, 1 No. XNUMX-P in the case on resolving the issue of the possibility of execution, in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of July 31, 2014 in the case of OAO Oil Company Yukos v. Russia in connection with the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation

      in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, its article 57 in conjunction with articles 15 (parts 1, 2 and 4), 17 (parts 3), 19 (parts 1 and 2), 55 (parts 2 and 3) and 79, RECOGNIZED IMPOSSIBLE EXECUTION Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of July 31, 2014 in the case of OJSC Oil Company Yukos v. Russia, rendered on the basis of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights , according to which, as a result of Russia's violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention, regarding the retroactive application of fines for 2000 and 2001 against the applicant company and the enforcement fee for these sanctions, as well as with regard to enforcement proceedings, during which the company- the applicant was charged a disproportionate enforcement fee of seven per cent of the total amount of her arrears in taxes, penalties and fines - the applicant company suffered a total of pecuniary damage, including compensation for inflation losses, in 1 (one one billion eight hundred sixty six million one hundred four thousand six hundred thirty four) euros,which Russia must pay to the shareholders of this company, their successors and heirs.
  2. Keyser soze
    Keyser soze 18 October 2018 14: 09
    +5
    For my country, the Council of Europe is a very useful organization - we sent all the clowns who were elected as deputies to raise the blizzard away from the country. It would be nice to place the Council of Europe in Siberia and give them chopped wood or build a new Trans-Siberian Railway and everything would be in chocolate.
    1. 210ox
      210ox 18 October 2018 14: 18
      +1
      Well, since there is no "Siberia" of our own, then let them "raise a blizzard" somewhere in Strasbourg ..
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 18 October 2018 14: 09
    +2
    On the VO, but in many other dorms, a whole list will give where to bring down!
  4. IvanT
    IvanT 18 October 2018 14: 14
    +4
    We only shake the air with these conversations. They would have taken it and left, otherwise one whining .... "the poor are offended"
  5. arhPavel
    arhPavel 18 October 2018 14: 25
    +3
    For most people, both here and in the EU, the purpose of this strange body is not at all clear.
    The name sounds beautiful, but this is their tradition, the more beautiful the name, the more useless the organization.

    Clowns are sitting at the expense of the blizzard and carry some nonsense.
    And in fact, it would be better if schools built and teachers kept, or hospitals with this money.
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  7. Radon
    Radon 18 October 2018 14: 28
    +2
    But he does not think to take his children from the USA, Europe. All of their children are there, with real estate.
  8. Keyser soze
    Keyser soze 18 October 2018 14: 30
    +1
    Quote: 210ox
    Well, since there is no "Siberia" of our own, then let them "raise a blizzard" somewhere in Strasbourg ..


    Ladies ... alas, there is no Siberia ... but there is an embassy of Saudi Arabia - we will send them to "stay" there, maybe they will be disposed of ...
  9. Prutkov
    Prutkov 18 October 2018 14: 43
    +5
    The Foreign Ministry is modest. Since such a booze has already started with sanctions, then the answer must be adequate. What prevents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from publishing a list of countries in which government agencies have committed assassinations and abductions of Russian citizens? Accordingly, to travel to these countries, you need to pay a very decent insurance premium (for medical and legal assistance, if something happens).
  10. vic02
    vic02 18 October 2018 14: 57
    +6
    If you count how much our country and people spent on supporting the pants of our government, the State Duma, an incomprehensible body called the "Federation Council", presidential administrations and other executive bodies, as well as all their relatives, friends and hangers-on, then the amount spent on this membership in the Council of Europe will be a drop in the ocean.
    1. Dull
      Dull 19 October 2018 02: 10
      -1
      Quote: vic02
      If you count how much our country and people spent on supporting the pants of our government, the State Duma, an incomprehensible body called the "Federation Council", presidential administrations and other executive bodies, as well as all their relatives, friends and hangers-on, then the amount spent on this membership in the Council of Europe will be a drop in the ocean.

      By the way, the activities of all this fraternity listed by you have harmed Russia much more than PACE. But, no one is going to deprive them of funding from the budget, even an increase was prepared for these "Children of the Volga Region" this year. wassat Looks like their salaries in hundreds of thousands of rubles and Material Aid annually in a couple of hundred thousand with a "minimum wage" worthy of the ration of a prisoner of Buchenwald are not enough. So, not only that, they also steal everything that is bad! Maybe quit PACE with the simultaneous sending of all this Caudle to cutting in Siberia? I am sure that the country will immediately make a breakthrough in industrial development and even outstrip China in terms of GDP growth (not Putin). laughing
  11. midshipman
    midshipman 18 October 2018 15: 56
    +2
    I am also for leaving this anti-Russian almshouse. I often had to go to all countries of Europe during my work in Soviet times. Then we were respected.
  12. BAI
    BAI 18 October 2018 16: 12
    +1
    Russia, through the mouth of its Foreign Minister S. Lavrov, announced its readiness to withdraw from the Council of Europe

    It is high time. Finally, it will be possible to return the death penalty to deal with all the scum.
  13. kunstkammer
    kunstkammer 18 October 2018 17: 11
    -1
    the most sober and independently minded politicians and journalists called on the Kremlin

    So still not sober and dependent people are sitting in the Kremlin?
    (question mark, so as not to be banned)
    1. Fan-fan
      Fan-fan 18 October 2018 18: 22
      0
      What is Dimon and all his ministers independent? You can talk about sober, but there is nothing to say about addiction, as the guarantor says so they will, they depend on him 100%. But he has not yet said that it is necessary to bring down from the Council of Europe.
    2. Dull
      Dull 19 October 2018 02: 13
      +1
      Quote: kunstkammer
      the most sober and independently minded politicians and journalists called on the Kremlin

      So still not sober and dependent people are sitting in the Kremlin?
      (question mark, so as not to be banned)

      When did you last see Medvedev's photo? Doesn't he remind anyone of those who "worked on documents" for weeks at the dacha, and in Ireland, during an official visit, he could not even get off the plane? laughing
  14. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 18 October 2018 23: 36
    +1
    Escape from this sharazhka without looking back.
  15. Victor N
    Victor N 19 October 2018 07: 24
    0
    Nobody should ever be allowed to humiliate themselves! All the more insignificant and wretched.
  16. iouris
    iouris 19 October 2018 12: 11
    +1
    The party’s general line is to travel to Europe every week, to work in them for most of their lives, to receive business trips, to sell cheaply and a lot, and to buy what is not available to others. And after us, even a flood.
    1. pafegosoff
      pafegosoff 19 October 2018 13: 06
      +1
      I know such people ... They do not consider the Russian people to be people. No academicians, no turner with a milkmaid. "Cattle!" They say. "We swam, we know."
      Strange, but their children or grandchildren suddenly become normal Russians.
  17. pafegosoff
    pafegosoff 19 October 2018 13: 02
    +1
    "... True, so far with a proviso: this will happen if they want to exclude our country from this organization." We will not give them such pleasure, "Lavrov said in an interview with the Euronews channel.
    When they give us an ass even stronger, we will leave with his head held high.
    When they spit in our backs, we also spit under our feet so that everyone becomes scared.
    When they get into our pocket, we’ll take it like that, and turn both pockets out and throw a wallet in our face with all our money ...
    When their rockets fly at us, we’ll take it and give up!
  18. NordUral
    NordUral 20 October 2018 23: 01
    -1
    Such diplomacy is a shame for us! The upper ones, as always, will rub off and explain that there is no other way.
  19. nikvic46
    nikvic46 21 October 2018 08: 36
    +1
    Does the West have the right to read to us how we should live and what to strive for? Our heads are full of all kinds of nonsense about
    European values. If you look into the Atlas of Peace of 1958, we will see in it solid colonies and
    dominions. In Europe, there is advocacy for culture, and in the colonies there is continuous barbarism. In Europe there was not
    one country that would not have its own colonies. Trafficking in people, murder of unwanted persons, murder for the "edification of others." The Europeans in the colonies did not build anything. They only took from there. Now many countries
    present us with claims of alleged slavery in the USSR and abroad. To such "slavery" would agree
    many countries that were under the colonial heel of Europe.
  20. Brigadier
    Brigadier 22 October 2018 20: 18
    0
    On June 22, 1941, our last train with raw materials moved the Soviet-German border at 3.57 ... 3 minutes before Hitler attacked the USSR. Delivered to the last ...
    It seems Putin decided to repeat Stalin’s mistake ... what