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    420 deputies voted to ratify the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism. No lawmakers voted against, although one abstained.

    MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower house of parliament Friday ratified the Council of Europe's counter-terrorism convention.

    420 deputies voted to ratify the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism. No lawmakers voted against, although one abstained.

    The convention, which Russia signed in November 2005, is the first counter-terrorism convention that aims to prevent terrorist attacks and to harness the media, NGOs, and other civil society bodies to achieve this.

    The convention also defines the obligations of signatory states regarding exchange of information, joint investigations and mutual legal assistance.

    The convention is open to be signed by member states of the Council of Europe.

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