Political controversy is fading away in the State Duma. The Kremlin seems to be satisfied with the result; it is not going to replace the Duma speaker or liquidate the Communist Party.
Gennady Seleznev says: “The president was surprised to hear deputies allow statements on liquidation of some parties (deputy Alexander Fedulov was meant at that).”
We would like to remind you of the situation. Alexander Fedulov, a deputy from Fatherland – All Russia faction worked out a draft address of the Duma deputies to the RF Minister of Justice and Public Prosecutor on liquidation of the Communist Party and institution of criminal proceedings against its leader Gennady Zyuganov. Duma’s legal department turned the appeal down and said, the lower chamber of the parliament was not authorized to liquidate a party, as it was the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court after approval of the Ministry of Justice. So, Fedulov’s initiative is not approved by the upper layer of the authority, as well as by the centrist forces themselves.
But the deputy is standing his grounds persistently. Moreover, Alexander Fedulov is rather experienced about things of this kind. In April of 2001, being a Unity member, Alexander Fedulov offered a draft address to the president “About condemnation of anti-Semitism in Russia” for consideration of the colleagues. When the deputies refused to take up the document, he quitted the faction and accused them of hypocrisy. The deputy is making the same mistake now.
Fatherland – All Russia will discuss expulsion of Alexander Fedulov from the faction at the next session scheduled for Tuesday, April 9. Dmitry Chirkin PRAVDA.Ru
In the photo: Deputy Alexander Fedulov
Translated by Maria Gousseva
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