A Review Of The Compliance Of The Russian Federation With Council Of Europe Commitments

and Other Human Rights Obligations on the First Anniversary of its Accession to the Council of Europe

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On February 28, 1996, the Russian Federation became a full member of the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental organization based in Strasbourg, France, which, among other goals, aims to protect human rights. Accession to the Council of Europe heightened expectations that the Russian Federation would take concrete steps to improve its poor human rights record in the year that has followed.
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