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Russian lawmakers stripped of voting rights at Council of Europe

  • French President Francois Hollande (3rdL) attends a meeting with the council of European Central Bank governors at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Ian Langsdon/Pool

STRASBOURG, France: Russian lawmakers at the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly were stripped of their voting rights until the end of 2014 on Thursday over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

The assembly at the Council, a body that promotes cooperation on human rights and democracy between all European countries -- including many states that are not in the European Union -- gathers lawmakers from the parliaments of 47 member states, including 18 Russians and 12 Ukrainians.

 
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