A resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) deprived Russia of voting rights and excluded the country from governing bodies of the organization until the end of the year, after Moscow refused to make concessions and cancel the referendum in the Crimea.
On April 10th, the Russian delegation left Strasbourg. In the near future, the Russian delegation may ask for a refund for this year's fee, the amount of which exceeds 22 million euros, vesti.ru report.
The money was supposed to finance the work of Russian parliamentarians, their participation in observer missions at elections. "If we do not participate fully in the work of the PACE, the spending is unreasonable," the newspaper quoted a source in the Russian delegation.
European parliamentarians, with 145 votes "for" 21 against and 22 abstentions, adopted the so-called soft option of sanctions against the Russian delegation. Proponents of tougher measures demanded Russia should be excluded from the PACE. At the same time, the soft version suggests the sanctions against the Russian delegation may be extended in January 2015. The Russian delegation claimed that the sanctions were unfair and abusive.
Reportedly, the State Duma and the Federation Council may consider Russia's further relations with the PACE this week. It is possible that the Russian delegation may suspend its participation in the work of the organization completely.
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience