The Venice Commission is not going to monitor the Russian State Duma elections, in particular, in the occupied Crimea, Ukrinform reports.
“Normally, the Commission carries out its activities as a legal advisor of the observation mission for the elections in PACE member countries helping delegations with the legal aspects of the elections. In the case of the parliamentary elections in Russia, September 18, 2016, PACE has not been invited to observe, therefore, the Venice Commission will not participate in monitoring,” reads the Commission’s report.
The European Commission "For Democracy through Law" is an advisory body that monitors the laws and bill drafts of the PACE member countries, tracking the constitutional rights, in particular, during elections. The Council of Europe uses the Commission’s reports as a measure of the "European standards of democracy."