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    MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - A visiting meeting of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) Monitoring Commission for Russia will be held in Paris on Wednesday.

    The participants in the meeting will focus on the review of the report made by David Atkinson and Rudolf Bindig on Russia's fulfillment of its obligations, which is included in the agenda of the PACE session in June.

    A source in the commission told RIA Novosti by phone, "the report, including commentaries made by Russian officials, is ready." The participants in the meeting will also vote on the draft resolution and the draft of recommendations concerning the report, he added.

    "After voting, the report with the resolution and recommendations will be open for general discussion, so that all Parliamentary Assembly members will be able to introduce amendments, if they wanted to," the source revealed.

    Joining the Council of Europe in 1996, Russia took upon itself a series of obligations. Since then, the Council of Europe conducts monitoring of these obligations annually.

    Originally, the list of claims against Russia on the part of the Council of Europe consisted of 20 entries.

    At present, only three claims remain. For instance, Strasbourg demands that Russia should create a transparent judicial system; it is worried about the situation with the freedom of the media in Russia; it urges Russia to ratify the 6th protocol to the Human Rights Convention, which abolishes death penalty.

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