MIL-OSI Russia: On the conclusions of the European Commission on combating racism and intolerance following the results of the fifth monitoring cycle in relation to Russia

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On October 5, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), which is formally an independent expert body of the Council of Europe, published its conclusions on the results of the fifth monitoring cycle in relation to Russia, within which the Commission issued a corresponding report in March 2019.

We would like to remind you that already then, two years ago, the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that many of the assessments in the report are based on unbalanced approaches and are politicized. In particular, this concerns the inadmissibility of challenging the ownership of the Republic of Crimea, which was reunited with Russia as a result of a referendum held in accordance with international law, as well as incorrect assessments of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine unleashed by the Kiev regime against a part of its own population.

Criticism of the alleged discrimination of the LGBT community in Russia is absolutely irrelevant. First, it is important to note that the ECRI’s mandate does not extend to persons belonging to sex minorities. Secondly, and we will emphasize this especially, this population group, in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the international obligations of our country, enjoys the same rights and obligations as all other citizens of Russia, and, therefore, does not need additional legal benefits and privileges.

At the same time, in 2019, we announced that, despite the incorrectness of the above remarks, the Russian side is ready for further cooperation with the ECRI.

Unfortunately, the constructive position of the Russian Federation was not taken into account by the experts of the Commission. The proof of this was the publication of the mentioned conclusion, in which, among other things, the same incorrect remarks addressed to us were duplicated as in 2019.

The persistence with which the ECRI continues to deal with issues that go beyond its mandate – “discrimination against LGBT people”, as well as to multiply all the same unfounded claims against Russia, is perplexing.

With this in mind, we are once again forced to declare that the Russian Federation does not recognize the conclusions drawn in the ECRI report in March 2019 and does not consider itself bound by the conclusions and recommendations formulated in it. We emphasize that this document contains politicized assessments and is based on data obtained from biased sources. Therefore, any formal cooperation with the Commission in the context of this report is not possible.

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