STRASBOURG (QHA) -

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has deprived the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the body.

Ninety-two people voted for this decision, 74 voted against it, and 19 abstained.

PACE passed a resolution on April 10 making the recommendation, with 145 votes in favor, 21 against, and 22 abstentions.

The Russian delegation boycotted the debate in plenary session.

Moscow will now lose its voting rights until the end of the 2014 session.

The delegation also loses the rights to be represented in the Bureau of the Assembly, the PACE Presidential Committee, the PACE Standing Committee, and the rights to participate in election-observation missions.

The chairman of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, told Interfax on Thursday, describing the ongoing events at PACE as a "political farce."


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