The UN Human Rights Council has voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Russia to consider. On Friday, 17 of the council members voted for and six against the resolution, which was tabled by almost 50 states, including all EU members such as Germany. There were 24 abstentions. The resolution accuses Moscow of creating a “climate of fear”. The Russian UN ambassador criticized the decision. This is the first time that the Human Rights Council has appointed a special investigator to deal with a member with a permanent seat on the Security Council. Russia has recently forced the closure of human rights groups. In addition, insulting the armed forces is punished by stricter laws.