Russian diplomat to tell European Parliament it wrongly perceives human rights in Russia
A Russian Foreign Ministry official will take part in an upcoming session of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, which will deal with human rights in Russia.
"I want to tell our partners that they wrongly understand our situation and, unfortunately, fail to see the great human rights problems existing on the European Union territory," Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov, who will take part in the session, told Interfax.
Asked whether he expected that European Parliament members would raise the issue of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky's death at a Moscow prison, Dolgov replied, "Definitely. I am sure they will bring up this issue."
"Mr. Browder [Hermitage Capital CEO and co-founder William Browder] is not stopping. Traveling around Europe and trying to mobilize governments of European countries to take steps similar to the Magnitsky Act - fortunately, in vain so far. But I have something to say on this issue," he said.
The U.S. passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 at the end of last year, imposing visa and financial sanctions on a number of Russian officials whom Washington sees as responsible for human rights abuses. U.S. congressmen have also called on European countries to do the same.