Chairman of the State Duma spoke to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

On October 1, 2013 the Chairman of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin spoke to the Assembly of Council of Europe and answered questions from members of the Assembly.

Highlighting Russia’s role in addressing the conflict in Syria in his address to the Parliamentary Assembly, Sergey Naryshkin, Speaker of the Russian State Duma said it is Europe’s common responsibility actively to recall the lessons learnt from two world wars.

Mr Naryshkin expressed support for Secretary General Jagland’s reform of the Council of Europe and called for the Parliamentary Assembly to move away from anachronistic country-based monitoring towards thematic monitoring, and to focus on issues of importance for future generations of Europeans.

He said that Russia looks to European experience, for example in Parliamentary democracy, which is becoming ever more important as new technologies allow for greater involvement of citizens and offer real potential to grow democracy.

Mr Naryshkin also outlined the reasoning of Russian lawmakers when adopting recent legislation that prompted international concerns, such as the laws on meetings and demonstrations, on foreign funding of NGOs, or on protecting children from propaganda negating traditional family relations.

 Video: speech by Sergey Naryshkin