According to the report, which builds on a previous “Armenian Connection” investigation by ESISC, some PACE MPs could be in breach of the organisation’s ethical principles and code of good conduct by “ensuring with discretion the defence of the specific interests of the Soros network and the Republic of Armenia”.
ESISC’s CEO Claude Moniquet, a former French journalist and intelligence agent, who authored numerous books on security, intelligence and terrorism, commented on the NGO’s continuous work on Armenia-Azerbaijan:
“We decided to investigate on the issue, as we found it peculiar that the international community shows such bias against Azerbaijan accusing it of human rights violations, while supporting Armenia, which was condemned by the UN, Council of Europe and other international organisations for the illegal occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh”.
Supplemented by facts, figures, documents and photos, the 25-page ESISC investigation alleges ties between certain members of PACE and Armenia or Soros-linked NGOs. Human Rights Watch, European Stability Initiative, Amnesty International, Human Rights House and Open Dialogue are some of the NGOs that are mentioned as part of the alleged “Armenian Network”.
The report also underlines what it calls Soros-financed “destabilisation operations” in sovereign states, such as Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Macedonia and Serbia” by generating mass protests and influencing media. According to the report, the Republic of Azerbaijan similarly “suffers countless attacks by the “Soros network” and “Armenian network””.
Calling for more transparency and respect for ethical rules, ESISC states that “clandestine operations conducted by the Soros and Armenian networks hinder the projects of the Council of Europe.”
The objectivity and professionalism of PACE is also called into question by the report when it comes to its different treatment of Crimea and Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts. Concerns about “serious human rights violations” are voiced in the case of Crimea, whereas “the extreme gravity” of the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh for 25 years is minimised.
The position of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is criticised by ESISC for turning a blind eye to gender inequality, domestic violence, financial insecurity in Armenia and failing to question the violently reprimanded protests in the country last year, while conducting “baseless attacks against the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
ESISC was established in 2002 in Brussels and specialises in the collection and analysis of all sources of intelligence in the areas of security, geopolitics, economy and due diligence. On the basis of intelligence collected, ESISC produces customised reports and analyses.