The Council of Europe officially excludes Russia with immediate effect

The Russian flag was immediately lowered to the Council of Europe building in Strasbourg. © AP

The Council of Europe excluded Russia with immediate effect. Russia itself had announced on Tuesday that it wanted to leave the council and was no longer bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, but the council continued its own procedures and decided for itself that Russia had crossed the red line and could no longer become a member. He is.


Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia was already suspended from the Council of Europe. But officially, Moscow has not yet been ruled out.

As a result, the Council of Europe, whose legal arm is the European Court of Human Rights, will be reduced to 46 members. Russia has been a member since 1996.

The main tangible result is that 145 million Russians will no longer be able to enjoy the protection of the European Court of Human Rights, where they can obtain final redress against the arbitrariness of the courts in their country.

The Council of Europe was established in 1949 to promote peace, the rule of law, democracy and human rights in all countries of Europe. The council is completely separate from the European Union, so it now has 46 members, including countries in the Caucasus.

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