Russia quits Council of Europe rights watchdog


FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe via videolink, in an extraordinary session to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Strasbourg, France March 14, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) -Russia on Tuesday quit the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights watchdog, pre-empting an expected expulsion over its attack on neighbour Ukraine.

Russia is only the second country to leave the pan-European group tasked with upholding human rights and the rule of law since its formation after World War Two.

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