Russia Regains Vote in Council of Europe

From Times Wire Reports

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly restored Russia's vote despite persistent concerns about the human rights situation in Chechnya.

The 600-member chamber, meeting in Strasbourg, France, said it decided to reinstate Moscow's voting rights because of the Russian parliament's increasing cooperation with the council.

The assembly had revoked the 36-member Russian delegation's voting rights in April, saying they would not be restored without "substantial progress" toward improving human rights in the separatist republic of Chechnya.

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