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Leonid Slutsky (Russia)

Leonid Slutsky

"The definition of a political prisoner is not yet clear and there remains too much room for manoeuvre.

"Whatever the outcome of the afternoon's debate, the text of the resolution would be used for political pressure and it was unfortunate that any drug dealer, terrorist or murderer, such as Anders Behring Breivik, would be able to claim that they were in fact a political prisoner.

"I recall the saying that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".

"I regret that this Resolution would lead only to division and recommended that a joint committee of the Assembly and the European Court of Human Rights be appointed to consider the matter in greater detail".

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