Russia exits Council of Europe human rights watchdog

Russia announced its decision of quitting the Council of Europe as a human rights watchdog in the region.

With the announcement, Russia has become only the second country to leave the council that expands pan-Europe. The council was formed with the aim to ensure human rights and stressed on running an administration on law rather than self-rule post World War ll.

Before Russia, it was Greece that left the group in 1969. Greece had made the exit given the seizure of its administration by a group of army officers but came back to the agreement five years later after establishing democracy on its territory.

The council is responsible for introducing the European Convention on Human Rights and helping push European Nations to democratize their political system. This essentially means that Russians will no longer be able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against their government.

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