MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Andreas Gross, the rapporteur on Russia for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe begins a three-day visit to Moscow on Tuesday. It will last from December 16 through to December 18.
Leonid Slutsky, the deputy chairman of the State Duma foreign policy committee, said Gross is expected to meet with leading deputies of the Duma and heads of parliamentary committee, as well as with officials of the Federal Migration Service, Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry, and with human rights activists.
“Gross is arriving on a scheduled visit as part of preparation of a new monitoring report on how Russia fulfills its obligations to the Council of Europe,” Slutsky said. “But quite naturally, the problem of return of powers to the Russian delegation at PACE will also be taken up.”
PACE started monitoring Russia as of the moment this country joined the Council of Europe. The previous report was published in autumn 2012.
The Russian delegation at PACE was subjected to sanctions at the assembly’s session in April 2014 over Crimea’s reunification with the Russian Federation. In protest of the action, the Russian MPs left Strasbourg before the closure of the session and refused to take part in the June and October sessions.
PACE is expected to consider all the powers of the Russian delegation in January 2015. This may give a chance to the Russian delegation to resume work at the assembly.