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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senators Ratify Rights Protocol

The Federation Council on Wednesday ratified Protocol 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights, clearing the way for a long-awaited reform of the Strasbourg-based Court of Human Rights.

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov told reporters after the vote that Russia's ratification would reduce the number of cases from Russia to the court.

"This will not only make the Strasbourg court's work more efficient but also the work of Russian courts because it raises the requirements for them," he said, Interfax reported.

The State Duma ratified the protocol Jan. 15.