Russian State Duma speaker warns Ukraine increasingly turning into terrorist stateRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 24, 11:06
France’s National Front leader baffled by Paris’ hostile stance towards RussiaWorld March 24, 10:41
Russian Paralympians prepare for PyeongChang 2018 despite suspensionSport March 24, 9:23
Terrorist gang eliminated in foiled attack on National Guard in ChechnyaWorld March 24, 9:10
Senior Pentagon official calls for information strategy on RussiaWorld March 24, 8:42
South Korea warns North Korea may hold new nuclear test by end of MarchWorld March 24, 7:20
Russian-US experiment to simulate outer space mission named SIRIUSScience & Space March 24, 6:20
Russian research agency selects 10 bids in ‘Flying Car’ contestScience & Space March 24, 5:41
Belarus opens case into plotting riots, 26 suspects detainedWorld March 24, 4:30
STRASBOURG, October 11. /TASS/. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks has decided to cancel his working visit to Russia. As Muiznieks explained, he took this decision because he did not agree with a number of "restrictions" to the program of the visit which was scheduled for the third week of October.
"It is with deep regret that I have to announce that this visit will not take place because of the unacceptable restrictions that the Russian authorities wanted to impose on my programme," Muiznieks said in a statement adding that the visit was restricted "to approximately 48 hours... with only one full working day."
He added that it "would have not allowed sufficient time to carry out a substantive country visit."
He also said that "according to the institutional provisions of my mandate, member states shall facilitate the independent and effective performance of my functions, including facilitating my contacts and providing information as requested in good time." He claimed that "these requirements are not fulfilled by the authorities of the Russian Federation."
Nevertheless, Muiznieks stated that he would continue to monitor the human rights situation in Russia.