Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Primorye from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, suspected of pedophilia, arrested

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The Frunzensky District Court of Vladivostok, at the request of the investigation, sent under arrest a deputy of the Primorye Legislative Assembly, First Secretary of the Vladivostok City Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Artyom Samsonov. The day before, he was detained on suspicion of sexual acts against an 11-year-old child. The deputy will stay under arrest for two months, until January 17, 2022, the official representative of the Investigation Department of the TFR in Primorye, Aurora Rimskaya, told Kommersant.

The Frunzensky District Court was able to choose a measure of restraint against Mr. Samsonov on the second attempt – yesterday, November 18, the meeting did not take place, because the suspect, brought to the courthouse by the escort, became ill. He was sent to the hospital by ambulance.

A case was initiated against the deputy under clause “b” of Part 4 of Art. 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (other actions of a sexual nature using the helpless state of the victim, committed against a person under the age of 14). According to the investigation, he showed the child a dildo.

The deputy himself linked the matter with the upcoming elections to the Vladivostok City Duma next year. “They take me because of the elections, to prevent elections to the Duma of the city of Vladivostok, so that the communists win. A far-fetched case three years ago, ”the communist told reporters. On the day of his arrest, he went on a hunger strike.

His lawyer Alexei Kletskin told Kommersant that the deputy is continuing his hunger strike and “insists that he was slandered.” “His requirement is a polygraph test, since he has nothing to hide,” said the lawyer. He added that Artem Samsonov has not yet been charged. According to the defense, the criminal case was built “on the statement of a person with whom Artyom had a long-term conflict.”

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In the elections to the parliament of Primorye in September this year, the candidates from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation won in 8 out of 11 single-mandate constituencies in Vladivostok. The Communist Party in the regional Legislative Assembly has the second largest faction after United Russia – 14 against 22 deputies. Elections to the Vladivostok Duma are to be held in September 2022.

47-year-old Artyom Samsonov in September for the third time was elected a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Primorye. At the same time, he ran for the State Duma deputies in the Vladivostok single-mandate constituency No. 62, but lost to United Russia party Alexander Shcherbakov. Mr. Samsonov is known for his active participation in public protests in Primorye. In particular, he went on a hunger strike to protest against the falsification, he claims, of the results of the 2018 Primorye governor elections.

More details about the deputy’s case – in the material of “Kommersant” “The communist was taken for a dildo.”

Alexey Chernyshev, Vladivostok

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