Russian Communist Lawmaker Facing Probe Over Elk Killing
Umer Jamshaid Published November 22, 2021 | 08:11 PM
A commission of Russian lawmakers on Monday recommended stripping a senior Communist deputy of his immunity as he faces a probe into the illegal killing of an elk
Moscow, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Nov, 2021 ) :A commission of Russian lawmakers on Monday recommended stripping a senior Communist deputy of his immunity as he faces a probe into the illegal killing of an elk.
Critics say the investigation into Moscow Communist Party first secretary Valery Rashkin is politically motivated, after he led protests in the Russian capital following parliamentary elections in September.
Monday's recommendation by a commission of the lower house State Duma came ahead of a plenary session on Thursday when lawmakers will debate whether to remove Rashkin's immunity as requested by prosecutors.
Rashkin, 66, initially denied any illegal hunting but later admitted he had killed the animal, claiming he had mistaken it for a wild boar.
The past year has seen an unprecedented crackdown on critical voices in Russia, with main opposition politician Alexei Navalny imprisoned in February for two-and-a-half years on old embezzlement charges.
His political organisations were banned, while a number of independent media and Kremlin critics were designated "foreign agents".