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Russian diplomat: West does not stop at blackmail over Savchenko, Nemtsov cases

March 16, 2015, 13:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov slammed EU's interference in high-profile criminal cases

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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. The West does not stop at crude blackmail over the Nadezhda Savchenko and Boris Nemtsov cases, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, told the State Duma during hearings on Russia-EU relations on Monday.

"They put somebody else’s blame at our door. They keep arguing that Russia is to blame for everything (for freezing human rights contacts - TASS). But even in the past the dialogue was rather peculiar. We were being lectured. Our Western counterparts indulged in moralizing," Dolgov said. "Here are just two latest cases."

"I am referring to the Savchenko case and the investigation of the tragic murder of Boris Nemtsov. There has been no day without Western countries, including the EU, making demands for Savchenko’s immediate release," Dolgov said. "Esteemed ladies and gentlemen of the EU, but how do you go about the business of observing one of the fundamental principles - the rule of law and of the independence of judiciary? Haven’t you been telling us all the way how important it is to make Russian courts independent?"

"How much more can one tolerate meddling in the operation of bodies of executive power, of the investigators and of the judiciary? The European counterparts contradict themselves, when they undermine the very same principles they had campaigned for decades, for the sole reason of catering to time-serving interests," Dolgov said.

"The same applies to the dirty politicization of the probe into the murder of the Boris Nemtsov. There have been attempts at intervention in our internal affairs. Naturally, we will not permit this, but the very instance is quite indicative: our counterparts do not stop at crude blackmail," Dolgov said. "That’s not an equitable dialogue or cooperation over human rights.

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