PACE siding with Russia, bans Ukraine war exhibition. PHOTOS

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2014/12/16 • Political News

Article by: Alya Shandra

PACE President Anne Brasseur has prohibited a display of a Ukrainian photo exhibition titled “Donbas: War and Peace” during the winter session of the Assembly in Strasbourg. This is stated in her letter to Serhiy Sobolev, Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine in  Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which was published on Facebook by Volodymyr Ariev.

Ms.Brasseur stated that the content of the exhibition may “raise controversy and, potentially, further tensions, which would not be in the interest of the work of the Assembly as a whole.” She also stated that “some of the pictures could be misinterpreted, and this would not be in the interest of Ukraine.”

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Anne Brasseur’s letter to Serhiy Sobolev

At the upcoming winter session at PACE, the question of another round of sanctions against Russia will be raised.

As Ukrayinska Pravda states, there is a powerful lobby who consider it possible to fully reestablish the Russian delegation’s rights at the council. In this case, PACE would become the first international institution to lift limitations imposed on Russia. On 10 April, following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, PACE suspended the voting rights of the Russian delegation, as well as its right to be represented in the Assembly’s leading bodies and participate in election observation missions, until the end of the 2014 session (26 January 2015). Russia’s state-run global outlet Sputnik, set up to counter “Western propaganda,” reports that Russia’s top envoy to PACE is convinced that four out of five group leaders at PACE want sanctions against Russia dropped.

Volodymyr Ariev is convinced that Anne Brasseur is one of those that insist on reinstating Russia’s PACE rights. “By the way, she is one of those who wants to see the return the Russian delegation to the PACE hall, in spite of all principles and norms of the Council of Europe that have been violated by the Russian Federation. Madame Brasseur is going to visit Kyiv on January 12-13, and we all have to tell her our disagreement with such position. In a peaceful and intelligent way,” Ariev said, as reported by UNIAN.

The exhibition was opened in the European Parliament on December 9 without any problems (photos from Ukraine’s delegation to EU fb page):

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Co-hosted by the Greens Group in the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Mission to the EU, the exhibition gathered the best 60 photos selected from thousands of images made by professional and amateur photograhers, military servicemen, volunteers, and journalists. The exhibition’s aim is to help “understand what is really happening in Ukraine to stop the escalation of the terrible events in Donbas,” according to curator Nathalie Ishchenko. Ms.Ishchenko’s speech describing more of what is really happening in Ukraine was censored from the opening ceremony, but she published it on her FB page:

“It’s hard to believe, but everything that is shown on these photos takes place in Europe today. Each image is its own story which, regretably, does not always have a happy end. These are events that have changed and will continue to change world history. Euromaidan, which marked the beginning of Ukraine’s struggle for the right to be a European country, transformed into a war for Ukraine’s right to exist as a separate state. It is led by the Ukrainian people regardless of their nationality or the language they speak.

This struggle will continue while other European countries are celebrating Christmas. At the time when lights on Christmas trees will be turned on in homes all over  Europe, Ukrainian soldiers defending their homeland and its European choice will continue taking the fight in the snowy fields of Donbas and will dream of returning home for Christmas. The residents of Kharkiv, the Ukrainian city close to Russia, will continue to dig trenches at the border with the former “brotherly nation.” Boys and girls from different Ukrainian cities and villages will not write letters to Father Frost and Santa Claus asking for presents; instead, they will send letters to soldiers at the front, to their fathers and brothers, wishing them to return home alive…”

Some images from the exhibition, from assorted internet sources:

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  • Brent

    More of Europe ‘sweeping this under the rug’ so as not to offend petulant little “Volya”….after all, the Russia delegation may have to go home early because ‘it’s a school night, just like after the G20…

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      This matter goes further, beyond appeasing Putin to outright support of Russia against Ukraine. It is very widespread among both Europe’s Socialists and far right. They have now come out of the closet regarding their essential similar, anti-democratic natures. They have allied in supporting Russia against Ukraine. The problem is serious in Germany where the socialists are lobbying hard in favor of russia and against Ukraine. This agenda pollutes the European television media- largely in government control and firmly in socialist hands.
      The term is “putin versteher” (putin “understanders” or putin empathisers). Among them are powerful german political figures, socialists such as former chancellors Gerd Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt, as well as socialist govt. ministers.
      Here is a good report in English http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2014/04/05/empathizing-with-the-devil-how-germanys-putin-verstehers-shield-russia/

      • sandy miller

        bOTH OF THOSE HERO’S OF GERMANY HAVE HUGE FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS IN RUSSIA.

  • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

    Brasseur may be in cahoots with Russia, maybe, but saying that PACE as a whole is “siding with Russia” by enforcing neutrality is disingenuous.

    • sandy miller

      hOW CAN YOU BE NEUTRAL WHEN RUSSIA HAS INVADED UKRAINE AND IS KILLING ITS PEOPLE, DEVASTING ITS TOWNS AND CITIES AND PUTTING UKRAINE INTO MORE POVERTY THAN IT ALREADY HAS. YOU ARE DOING NOTHING BUT STARVING THE PEOPLE AND KILLING UKRAINE BY REMAINING SO CALLED NEUTRAL. DISGUSTING EUROPEANS…I ESPECIALLY BLAME GERMANY AND FRANCE.

      • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

        Hm? It’s an international organization of which Russia is currently suspended and tensions are high. Neutrality is to not escalate things. It’s difficult to say “PACE sides with Russia” when they suspended Russia for the very invasion you mentioned.

  • Michel Cloarec

    OK FAIR ENOUGH. Maybe representatives of EU 500/550 Millions people.

    Maybe it is right compromises so far. But protests are in place .

    This “” Russia’s top envoy to PACE is convinced that four out of five group leaders at PACE want sanctions against Russia dropped.”” is speculative and typical russian propaganda !

  • Dirk Smith

    Meanwhile, the Sputnik vermin are setting up shop in Strasbourg.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    This leftist, shameless agent of moscow & enemy of Ukraine, is lauded in the russian magazine “the Russophile” where she states she wishes to revive ties between Russia and Europe before year’s end !
    pls see here
    http://www.therussophile.org/russia-ukraine/pace-president-hopes-to-revive-ties-with-russia-before-year-end.html/
    DON’T HESITATE TO Tweet anne brasseur here
    [email protected]_President

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    a reply tweet to Anne Brasseur

    she writes:

    Anne Brasseur ‏@PACE_President Dec 10

    #HumanRightsDay enables us
    to renew our commitment to protecting human rights, and ensuring they are fully
    respected in #Europe and beyond

    we reply:

    [email protected]_President Yes Anne! especially the human rights of Ukrainian people facing 300 years of russian genocidal aggression & chauvinism

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    another tweet to Anne brasseur who tweets about media freedom but supports Russia

    she tweets :

    PACE news ‏@PACE_News Dec 4
    Anne Brasseur, @PACE_President: some @CoE member states are not respecting their #mediafreedom obligations http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-EN.asp?newsid=5331&lang=2&cat=21

    we reply:

    @PACE_News @PACE_President @coe Anne,pls ask russia to stop murdering its journalists(330 since 1991)& to stop its propaganda war against UA

  • sandy miller

    Obviously, she doesn’t believe in free expression. Disgusting, in otherwords let’s not watch people in Ukraine suffering because of Putler’s war on Ukraine. This is what Europe has always done to Ukraine they have no morals only money. This is so wrong. Isn’t there anyone who can over ride this egregious situatio?. If members actually saw this exhibition they might side with Ukraine. It seems to me she’s afraid of the truth coming out and then they’ll have to be uncomfortable dropping sanctions against Russia. I have NO RESPECT LEFT FOR EUROPE.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7