In its Opinion 193 (1996) on the application by Russia for membership of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly stated that:
Furthermore, in 2000, the Committee of Ministers adopted its Recommendation No. R(2000)13 to member States on a European policy on access to archives, which is also in force for the Russian Federation as a full member of the Council of Europe. The written question to the Committee of Ministers on this issue (No. 644, Doc. 13310 of 26 September 2013) was not answered, due to the expiration of the mover’s term of office, but this important and still unsolved problem deserves further consideration.
To ask the Committee of Ministers:
How is the Committee of Ministers monitoring the implementation of its Recommendation No. R(2000)13 by member States and in particular by the Russian Federation in respect of the so-called "Trophy" archives which were transferred to Moscow in 1944-1945?