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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

06.08.2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the review by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Participants in the 93rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) held in Geneva on August 3-4 reviewed the combined 23rd and 24th periodic reports of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Russian delegation was led by Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs (FAEA) Igor Barinov and included representatives of the FAEA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Prosecutor General’s Office and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

They had an open and detailed discussion with the Committee’s experts on a broad range of issues related to the implementation of the Convention on the entire territory of the Russian Federation.

The Russian delegation presented detailed information on measures taken by the bodies of legislative, executive and judicial authority to counter any forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, dissemination of the ideology of Nazism, and hate speech. It also told the Committee members about law enforcement practices in combatting extremist activities and organising professional training of personnel for law enforcement bodies, including the Prosecutor General’s Office and courts, on countering racism and preventing racial profiling.

The Committee members were informed in detail about the efforts of the Russian authorities to ensure ethnic peace and accord, preserve and promote the languages, culture and traditions of peoples and ethnic groups living in Russia. Special attention was paid to support for indigenous minorities, Gypsies and guest workers. The Russian delegation described the Government’s measures to ensure security and prevent racial intolerance and other manifestations of extremism during the preparations for and conduct of major international competitions in Russia, including the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In accordance with the established practice, before the end of its current session the Committee will draft recommendations on Russia’s compliance with the Convention.

The Russian Federation considers its cooperation with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and other international human rights monitoring mechanisms as an important component in the development of international cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights.  

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Q: Do you have any comments on the “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson” by Chris Bryant MP in The Times, alleging that the Russian hosts would “discombobulate” him on his forthcoming visit to Moscow? A: We deplore the attitudes shown by Mr Bryant – especially taking into account his current position as the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Russia, which is meant to contribute to dialogue between Britain and Russia, not undermine it. These are definitely not the best parting words for the Foreign Secretary heading to Russia soon. We expect a more constructive approach from the British side on this important visit, and, as the recent visit of Sir Alan Duncan to Moscow proved, a responsible dialogue is possible.


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04.12.2017 - Lecture at St Andrews University

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During a working visit to Scotland, the Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko read an open lecture at the University of Edinburgh on the topic "Russia's Foreign Policy" and took part in the Q&A session.



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