The State Duma of Russia at a plenary meeting on Thursday, November 25, supported the proposal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to remove immunity from the deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Valery Rashkin. 341 MPs voted “for”, 55 “against”, two abstained, reports the “Interfax” agency.
In the submission of the Prosecutor General, which came to the Russian parliament on November 17, there are two requests for consent to the deprivation of immunity. In one – about bringing Rashkin to administrative responsibility under Article 12.26 of the Administrative Code, according to which refusal to obtain a medical examination is equated to drunk driving and carries a fine of 30 thousand rubles and deprivation of rights for one and a half to two years.
The second request refers to the prosecution in the framework of the initiated criminal case under the article “illegal hunting”. According to the Prosecutor General’s submission, Rashkin is planned to be prosecuted under Part 2 of Article 258 of the Criminal Code, which provides for punishment for illegal hunting committed by a person using his official position or by a group of persons by prior conspiracy. For this, in particular, a fine is provided in the amount of 500 thousand to one million rubles or imprisonment for a term of three to five years.
He admits guilt and is ready to compensate for the damage
Rashkin said in his speech that he was ready “not only to bear responsibility under the law, but also to compensate for the material damage caused.” “I am also now taking measures to compensate for the damage I caused to the animal world, there is already an agreement on the purchase of moose cows of the appropriate age in the nursery of the Yaroslavl region and moving it to the Lysogorsky district of the Saratov region,” TASS news agency quoted Rashkin as saying.
Confused with a boar
The car, driven by Deputy Rashkin, was stopped by the police on October 29 in the Saratov region. When inspecting the car, fragments of an elk carcass were found, as well as an ax and two knives with traces of blood. The politician then said that together with the passenger who was in the car, they noticed the carcass of the shot animal, after which they decided to butcher it.
Rashkin for some time adhered to the version that he did not kill any animal. However, he later recorded a video message on Youtube, in which he admitted that he had shot a moose, mistaking it for a large wild boar. According to the politician, Paul was told that the hunt was open and that there was permission to shoot ungulates.
Called “a party of crooks and thieves”
After the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Rashkin, became one of the leaders of the protests against electronic voting (DEG) in Moscow, which, according to the politician, was rigged in favor of the ruling party. In particular, he promised to protest on the street until the authorities canceled the results of the DEG in Moscow.
Speaking at a rally in Moscow on October 24, the deputy declared his readiness to “express no confidence” in President Putin, because he did not ensure the holding of clean and transparent elections, and called United Russia “a party of crooks and thieves.” In Russia, this phrase was introduced by the opposition politician Alexei Navalny.