Putin humiliated as Moscow’s UN bid fails after ballot behind closed doors

Vladimir Putin has failed in a bid to see Russia return to the UN’s highest human rights body as Moscow failed to achieve enough votes in a secret ballot earlier this week.

Voting took place on Tuesday, October 10 and saw Russia gain 83 votes while Bulgaria scored 160 and Albania 123.

Following the results, Louis Charbonneau, United Nations director at Human Rights Watch declared: “UN member states sent a strong signal to Russia’s leadership that a government responsible for countless war crimes and crimes against humanity doesn’t belong there.”

Russia was booted out of the council 18 months ago after Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.


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