BRUSSELS - For the third year in a row Russia's membership in the Council of Europe will be discussed by its Parliamentary Assembly shortly. The Strasbourg-based organisation was established in 1947 in order to promote human rights and democratic rule of law in Europe. Russia is one of the Council's 47 members, who have all committed to apply these principles . The Council's founding treaty also provides that serious violations of democratic principles by member countries can lead to a loss of voting rights and even to a loss of membership.
In 1989 the Council...
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