Situation in the Sea of Azov, 25 October 2018

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov.

It deplores the excessive actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov insofar as they breach international maritime law and Russia's own international commitments; condemns the excessive stopping and inspection of commercial vessels, including both Ukrainian ships and those with flags of third-party states, including ships under flags of various EU Member States; stresses that inspections of vessels, while being allowed at random, should not be abused or carried out for political reasons with the aim of further destabilising the security, integrity and social and economic situation in Ukraine; calls on the Council and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR) to demand that Russia immediately end the intensive and discriminatory inspections of vessels and to consider, if necessary, appropriate countermeasures;

Russia, notably the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, 14 June 2018

The European Parliament adopted by 485 votes to 76 with 66 abstentions a resolution on Russia, notably the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, and Greens/EFA groups.

Members cited the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who opposed the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia, was arrested in May 2014 in connection with alleged activities conducted in Crimea, and has allegedly been subjected to torture and severe mistreatment leading to the illegal extraction of depositions that have subsequently been given legal value.

Parliament demanded that the Russian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Oleg Sentsov, who began a hunger strike on 14 May 2018, and release all the other 70 illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula.

Persecution of (perceived) homosexual men in Chechnya, Russia, 18 May 2017

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Council's LGBTI Guidelines, particularly in relation to the persecution of (perceived) homosexual men in Chechnya, Russia.

Deeply concerned at the reports of arbitrary detention and torture of men perceived to be gay in Chechnya, Members called on the authorities to end this campaign of persecution, to immediately release those who are still illegally detained, to ensure legal and physical protection for victims and the human rights defenders and journalists who have worked on this case. They also condemned all statements by the Chechen authorities that condone and incite violence against LGBTI people [...]

The Chechen and Russian authorities are called upon to abide by domestic legislation and international commitments, to uphold the rule of law and universal human rights standards and to promote equality and non-discrimination [...]

Russia, the arrest of Alexei Navalny and other protestors, 6 April 2017

The European Parliament adopted by 494 votes to 39, with 91 abstentions, a resolution on Russia, the arrest of Alexei Navalny and other protestors.

Police condemned the police operations in the Russian Federation attempting to prevent and disperse peaceful anti-corruption demonstrations, and detaining hundreds of citizens, including Alexei Navalny, whose organisation initiated the demonstrations.

On 26 March 2017, between 33 000 and 93 000 people took part in anti-corruption rallies, marches and demonstrations in over 80 cities across Russia. Over 2 000 protesters were detained by police.

Members called on the Russian authorities for the immediate release of Alexei Navalny.

They condemned the constant efforts to silence Alexei Navalny, and expressed support for his organisation's efforts to raise awareness of, and combat, corruption in public institutions and among political representatives and public office holders.[...]

Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and situation in Crimea, 16 March 2017

The European Parliament adopted 451 votes to 73, with 86 abstentions, a resolution on the Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and the situation in Crimea.

Parliament reiterated its condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by Russian. It expressed its full support at the firm and sustained determination of the EU not to recognise this annexation.

Parliament called on Russia to:
  • release without further delay all illegally and arbitrarily detained Ukrainian citizens, both in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine;
  • cease issuing Russian passports to all inhabitants of Crimea;
  • immediately cease the systematic intimidation of local citizens opposed to the annexation of Crimea and investigate all cases of human rights violations[...]
  • respect the fundamental freedoms of all residents [...]

EU strategic communication to counteract anti-EU propaganda, 23 Nov. 2016

The European Parliament resolution of 23 November 2016 on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties, stressed that the EU, its Member States and citizens are under growing, systematic pressure to tackle information, disinformation and misinformation campaigns and propaganda from countries and non-state actors, such as transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in its neighbourhood.

Hostile propaganda against the EU comes in many different forms and uses various tools, often tailored to match EU Member States' profiles, with the goal of distorting truths, provoking doubt, dividing Member States, engineering a strategic split between the European Union and its North American partners and paralysing the decision-making process, discrediting the EU institutions and undermining the European narrative based on democratic values. [...]

State of EU-Russia relations, 10 June 2015

Reiterates that Russia's involvement in the armed conflict in Ukraine and its illegal annexation of Crimea, [...] constitute a deliberate violation of democratic principles [...]

Stresses that at this point Russia, because of its actions in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine, can no longer be treated as, or considered, a 'strategic partner' [...]

Is of the opinion that, in the long run, a constructive and predictable relationship between the EU and Russia is possible and desirable for their mutual benefit [...]

Stresses the necessity and relevance of the suspension of cooperation with Russia in the defence sector in view of its aggressive attitude [...]

Is deeply concerned at the recent tendency of the Russian state-controlled media to rewrite and reinterpret historical events of the twentieth century [...]

Calls on the Commission to propose legislation ensuring the full transparency of political funding and financing of political parties in the EU [...]