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Andrei Klimov delivers report of the Ad Hoc Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs of the Russian Federation

The senator focused on foreign attempts to discredit the sovereign process of renewing the Fundamental Law of Russia.


Andrei Klimov, Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Ad Hoc Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs of the Russian Federation, presented the commission’s third annual report for the period from June 2019 through July 2020.

The senator pointed out that some sections of the report are on the specifics of foreign interference in the regional elections held in Russia in the past few years and the drafting of an international convention on the prevention of interference in the sovereign affairs of UN member states.

Andrei Klimov pointed out that the report includes the especially important topic of foreign attempts to discredit and even to disrupt the sovereign process of renewing the Fundamental Law of the Russian Federation.

He informed his colleagues about a massive and aggressive attack against Russia over measures to protect its national security.

Andrei Klimov noted that during these attacks, which lasted five months and are ongoing, the commission’s monitoring group revealed a great number of facts related to destructive foreign interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs. He also showed a video film based on some of this information.

According to the senator, it became clear on 2 July that anti-Russia foreign organisations and their local accomplices had not managed to confuse the multiethnic Russian people. “However, this does not mean we can relax,” Andrei Klimov noted, adding that the commission would continue working.

“By 1 September, the commission, along with the concerned government agencies, prominent experts and members of civil society, would prepare a package of legislative proposals that will take into account the amendments to the Constitution that have a direct bearing on the strengthening of our sovereignty, which came into effect on 4 July,” Andrei Klimov said.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko added that efforts must be continued to ward off foreign interference in Russia’s affairs.

She pointed out that work would continue in this spirit during the Federation Council’s autumn session.

“It is very important that we do this work openly. The protection of independence and state sovereignty is a priority for every country. And it will always be our priority, especially since it has been added to the renewed Constitution,” the Federation Council Speaker concluded.

The text of this year’s report of the Ad Hoc Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs of the Russian Federation is available on the Federation Council website.