Strasbourg 02.02.2012 – A five-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Moscow on 8-11 February 2012, to assess the electoral framework and campaign ahead of the Russian presidential election on 4 March 2012.
The delegation is due to meet the Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, candidates in the presidential election, candidates disqualified from running, and the Russian delegation to the PACE. It will also meet the Chair of the Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov, the Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community, NGOs and the media.
A full 30-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the voting before making a final assessment.
A press conference is scheduled on Saturday 11 February at 1 p.m. at the Interfax news agency (2 Pervaya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., Moscow, 127006).
Members of the delegation:
Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), Head of the delegation
Tadeusz Iwinski (Poland, SOC)
Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE)
Øyvind Vaksdal (Norway, EDG)
Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD)
Chemavon Chahbazian, PACE Interparliamentary Co-operation and Election Observation, mobile: +33 (0)6 62 13 93 51, local mobile +(7) 910 472 88 19
Angus Macdonald, PACE Communication Division, mobile: +33 (0)6 30 49 68 20, local mobile: +(7)915 076 57 26