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Mitrokhin questions the legal basis for depriving Gennady Gudkov of his mandate while saying nothing about 29 MPs running businesses

Press Release

September 5, 2012

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded a letter to the Investigation Committee and the State Duma on eight more deputies who created new businesses or increased their shares in the existing businesses during their term in the parliament. Mitrokhin asks the Committee and the Duma to consider the issues of depriving these MPs of their mandates.

In late August YABLOKO published the first results of its investigation of whether Russian MPs establish businesses (which is prohibited for MPs by the Russian law). Then it included 13 members of the ruling United Russia faction in the State Duma. All of them, as Mr. Gennady Gudkov, after their election entered boards of different companies. Here come their names: Grigory Anikeyev, Nikolai Bortzov, Ivan Demchenko, Alexander Karelin, Oleg Kolesnikov, Vladimir Pligin, Vladislav Reznik, Gadzhimet Safaraliev, Leonid Simanovsky, Vasily Tolstopyatov, Airat Khairullin, Alexander Shishkin and Valery Yazev. They are all members of the United Russia faction.

"In total, we detected such violations on 21 deputies and Dmitry Gudkov [MP and son of Gennadi Gudkov] for ten more deputies, 29 deputies in total, Mitrokhin said.

"The authorities accuse Gennady Gudkov of acquiring a business when he was an MP. They say that an MP can not be represented on the board of a commercial organization. However, if one gets a share in a open liability company, he or she can not avoid it, - Mitrokhin wrote in his blog. - If an MP has run such a business for a long time, and he promptly gave it in trust, than [head of Russian Investigation Committee] Bastrykin considers that such a person has not violated the law.

"I think that such an interpretation of the law seems too broad. Perhaps it would be wise to clarify the requirements of the law first, and after punish deputies. But one thing is clear: if Gudkov is deprived of his mandate, than United Russia MPs must follow. Otherwise it is a selective enforcement of the law, " Mitrokhin concluded.


See also:

YABLOKO Against Corruption








Press Release

September 5, 2012

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