The Network appealed to the President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel with a demand to deprive the Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy of the post of Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), as well as to prohibit him from participating in the Council of Europe in any capacity in the future. This is stated in a petition on change.org.
The reason was the early statements of Tolstoy, in particular, he uttered in January 2017 at a press conference in Moscow and concerning the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church.
Recall, he said that the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church is opposed by “people who are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who destroyed our churches, having jumped out <...> because of the Pale of Settlement (in the Russian Empire – the border of the territory outside of which Jews were forbidden to live and Gypsies. – Ed.) with a revolver in the seventeenth year. ” “Today, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working in various other very respected places – at radio stations, in legislative assemblies, – continue the work of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers,” Tolstoy said then.
Borukh Gorin, the head of the public relations department of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, called his words “open anti-Semitism.” His opinion was also shared by the current chairman of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov. He said that Tolstoy’s statements about the opponents of the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church repeat the theses of anti-Semites.
Tolstoy himself admitted that he was “greatly surprised by the reaction” to his assessment of the legality of the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. “Only people with a sick imagination and who do not know the history of their country can see in my words ‘signs of anti-Semitism'”, – he quoted him Interfax.
The author of the petition points out that the mentioned “Pale of Settlement” “was used in the Russian Empire to separate Jews from other subjects of the Russian Empire, and the context of the quote corresponds to the popular nationalist myth that Jews were behind the October Revolution of 1917”.
“Regardless of the attitude to Bolshevism, it is wrong to say that Jews or any other people” conspired “to overthrow the Russian government and bring the Bolsheviks to power,” he said, calling on the Council of Europe to publicly evaluate such a statement, condemn such statements, and also deprive Peter Tolstoy the post of Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly and prohibit him from participating in the Council of Europe in any capacity in the future.
Source: Росбалт by www.rosbalt.ru.
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