MOSCOW — Brexit may have been dominating the headlines, but there’s another looming rift with Europe that could have far-reaching consequences: “Ruxit.”
That’s what Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, has called Russia’s potential withdrawal from the human rights organization after 23 years as a member, amid a dispute over Crimea.
The prospect of Ruxit — which could happen within the coming months — has Russian democracy activists worried. Leaving the Council of Europe, Russian opposition figures warn, would be catastrophic for human rights in their homeland and provide a boost to Kremlin hard-liners.
Significantly, it would deprive Russia’s population …read more
Source: European Voice