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29/01/2020 | 18:41:35 Thank you very much, Mr President. Ladies and gentlemen, What are we doing here? The last time I spoke on this topic I said that the Russian delegation didn't come back with their homework done. I remember Mr Piotr TOLSTOY was very angry that someone is giving them homework. But I'm afraid he'll be angry again because many of the things which were in resolutions of these very institutions are not done yet. On the other hand, we have Mr Piotr TOLSTOY texting from this very room, from this very... 03/10/2019 | 15:31:15 Honourable Mrs. President of the Parliamentary Assembly, dear colleagues and guests, The reason we are having this debate today is not a double standard, as some of the speakers after me might want to claim. Actually, it is the opposite. When it comes to democracy, rule of law, and when it comes to Human Rights, there is only one standard. This standard is set by the European Convention on Human Rights, the cornerstone of everything we do or should do in this great institution. And by... 27/06/2019 | 17:20:36 Thank you, Madam President. The ALDE Group was and is particularly shocked with the gruesome murder of our friend and ally Boris Nemtsov. Some ALDE members had the honour to know him personally. He was a friend and a frank and fearless person who fought for a free Russia. In many ways, Nemtsov embodied the hopes and opportunities of the Russian people after the fall of communism. His murder, the most blatant political assassination of the recent Russian history, cast a dark shadow on the... 26/06/2019 | 15:56:22 Thank you, Madam President. Ladies and gentlemen, honourable colleagues, how many times have we, any of us, complained that no one actually knows what we are doing here? That the Council of Europe became invisible? Well, we are on the front pages today. I keep receiving messages from people curious about the purpose of this institution. We are making an impact today and the question is: will the picture we paint this day make us proud? Are we still focused on maintaining peace, promoting... 25/06/2019 | 10:45:44 Thank you Mr President. Thank you. In the name of ALDE I'd like to thank the Rapporteur not only for this report, but also for the work that she's done here. I don't like the way she introduced the Russian delegation, but I would like to see her introduce a European Parliament delegation into this very Hemicycle one day, because that would actually strengthen this institution. That is something that we are really looking forward to in the future. I wish you all the best, my colleague, in...