The state Duma has approved in the first reading the bill of United Russia Irina White on equating the meetings of deputies of all levels from voters to rallies, reports . Against the initiative was supported by all opposition factions.
The amendments propose to introduce a special procedure for notification of these meetings, wishing to communicate with the electorate MPs will have to submit a request for approval of the event no later than seven days (for ordinary meetings minimum ten days). While meeting with voters in designated places the law will not apply.
The main objective of the project, according to White, is to ensure the safety of participants of public events. Deputy Oleg Shein (a just Russia) asked the author to list the cases when the meeting of deputies with voters has led to problems with security. White could not give a clear answer.
The Deputy head of the LDPR faction Yaroslav Nilov noticed that if MP will not make an appointment, it can be prosecuted only with the consent of the attorney General. Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on legislation, United Russia Rafael Mardanshin confirmed that the MP has immunity, “but the citizens can bear full responsibility.”
Oleg Smolin from the Communist party said that he had come to the village and “face closed at the castle club and meet people on the street.” “Now I will be forced to refuse such meetings, or I will offer to meet somewhere in the forest,” — said the Deputy.
Legislative initiative invites White lawmakers to limit their own powers and pass the decision on approval of a public event in the hands of the Executive power, the Communist Chicken Alex. “Why do we ourselves cut the wings?”, — said the Deputy. “Who will vote for this bill, castrates himself,” he concluded.
The speaker of the Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has commented on these statements. “Voters will say that the Deputy of the wings is not needed, as castration is an individual matter,” — said Volodin.
Currently the deputies from the party “United Russia” belongs to 342 of the mandate of the State Duma out of 450.