Peter, Tolstoyts: Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti
Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy struck out twice, describing the proposal to the deputies to be divided into floors at the invitation of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). About it reports “Russian service Bi-bi-si”, where staff were able to read the original letter.
As it turned out, the text is not talking about no six floors, as initially stated by Vice-speaker, nor “underrepresented floors,” as he later said, apologizing for the mistake.
According to “bi-Bi-si”, the letter notes that the delegation should include deputies of the gender that is represented in Parliament in the minority (under-represented sex). In the case of Russia that minority women are their in the state Duma meets 15 percent of the total number of deputies. In other words, a delegation of 18 Russians must enter at least one, and ideally three women.
At the same time, sexual minorities and genders in the invitation PACE of the question. As the newspaper notes, it is not clear where Tolstoy took about six floors, as this figure is used in the document only once — in reference to “rule the PACE of the room is 6.2”.
A comment from Deputy speaker could not be obtained. According to the press Secretary, Tolstoy left on a business trip, and both errors might have arisen because of the difficulties of translation.
10 January in the state Duma explained the appearance of the six floors in the letter. Tolstoy apologized and expressed the opinion that the problem of discrimination against sexual minorities for PACE is more important than the facts of discrimination and deprivation of voting rights of the Russian parliamentarians.
That the parliamentary Assembly has sent to the Russian delegation’s invitation, in which representatives of the state Duma proposed to divide into six floors, the Deputy speaker said on 9 January.
The Russian delegation was denied the right to vote, the right to participate in the meeting of statutory bodies and participation in monitoring activities of the Assembly in April 2014 — after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. The PACE felt that Moscow’s actions violate international law. June 30, 2017, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has informed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to freeze the contribution for 2017 to restore the Russian delegation’s credentials.
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