Moscow: Russia rewarded

Ukraine reacted with fury this week after the Council of Europe voted to end Russia’s suspension from the organization, which is dedicated to upholding democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in its 47 member states. Russia was suspended from the council in 2014 after it annexed Crimea. Volodymyr Ariev, head of Ukraine’s delegation, said the reinstatement sent a dangerous message: “Do what you want, annex another country’s territory, kill people there, and you will still leave with everything.” But others argued that if Russia quit the organization, as it threatened to do, its citizens would no longer be able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, a lifeline for Russian dissidents falsely convicted in their country’s courts.