Valentina Matviyenko

Matviyenko: Council of Europe needs to change

Depriving Russia of the right to vote in the Council of Europe shows that the organization needs to change, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko says. "I'm absolutely convinced that Russia's …

Russia needs deeper democracy, Valentina Matvienko says

Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko noted a demand to deepen democracy is growing in Russia. She also pointed out that the laws that have been adopted in the Russian Federation in recent years do not restrict freedoms of citizens, …

Iraq calls for closer cooperation with Russia

Iraq is open for closer cooperation with Russia on the backdrop of successful anti-terror efforts in the region, Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday, TASS reports. "We want bigger openness and closer …

 Russian senators ready for dialogue with Georgia

Russia is interested in restoring good-neighborly, friendly relations with Georgia, and the Federation Council is ready to join this effort, Russian Federation Council chairperson Valentina Matvienko said. Georgian …