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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primakov to Strasbourg

STRASBOURG, France () -- Russia is expected to be admitted as the 39th member of the human rights grouping, the Council of Europe, at a ceremony in Strasbourg next week, the council said Thursday.

Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov will represent Moscow at a ceremony tentatively set for Wednesday in Strasbourg, council officials said.

The State Duma on Wednesday approved Moscow's acceptance of the council's invitation to join, and the Federation Council -- the upper chamber -- unanimously followed suit Thursday.