Head of the Monitoring Committee, Austrian Socialist Stefan Shennah proposed a draft document that defines only minimal limitations on Russia's powers.
Compared with 2014, it offers to return the Russians:
- The right to vote at meetings of the Assembly;
- The right to participate in all decision-making bodies of the PACE;
- The right to vote at meetings of steering committees and other bodies of PACE.
Shennah suggested leaving only three minor restrictions imposed on Russian deputies - the right to be the rapporteur, to participate in election observation, to be appointed a PACE representative in outside bodies.
The publication states that at the meeting of the Monitoring Committee two mutually exclusive options were considered - to tighten sanctions against Russia or significantly reduce them. The former option, supported by Russia was approved by three votes.
However, this decision is not final, it must still be approved at a meeting of the Assembly on Wednesday. However, Russia is actively preparing for its support, in particular, promising the deputies to release Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko.