Green light to human rights?

Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the State Duma Constitutional Law and Nation Building Committee

1960 - Born in Vologda region
1982 - Graduates, Leningrad State University(now St. Petersburg)
1987 - Receives PhD in law
1996 - Advocate, Moscow Regional Bar Association
2003 - State Duma deputy, Federal Assembly of Russia
2003 - Advocate status suspended due to State Duma election
2006 - Chairman, Constitutional Law and Nation Building Committee, State Duma

The Russian parliament ratified an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights on Friday, more than three years after it rejected the document. Protocol 14 to the Convention is designed to simplify and speed up litigation in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. What convinced Russian lawmakers to approve the document after the long delay? Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the State Duma Constitutional Law and Nation Building Committee, should know the answer.