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MOSCOW, January 27 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister and candidate for the top post in the country Vladimir Putin is “vitally interested’ in a clean and honest presidential election. Leader of the United Russia faction in the State Duma lower house of parliament, vice speaker of the house Andrei Vorobyov said on Friday after the Government Hour of questions and answers in the Duma with the head of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Vladimir Churov, and heads of security agencies.
Vorobyov asked LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky who spoke before him, “and all of us present here - in the hall, in the box and on the presidium - why are we here?” “In order to listen to lies, slander, these sick fantasies?” - he raised his voice. “We are here to provide benefit, Mr. Zhirinovsky! To secure changes, Mr. Zyuganov! To make the laws! For this we are paid money! And let’s stop idle talk,” said the politician.
“I want to tell you, dear friends: the State Duma – is a serious affair, it is not allowed to play the fool here,” Vorobyov stressed. “I want you to hear me: our president and prime minister have made concrete steps, are offering concrete initiatives that are aimed at ensuring free and fair elections,” he said. “Our prime minister is vitally interested in making the elections clean and honest,” he added.
“Talking about fairness and justice, I want to say: as usual, the devil is in the details,” the faction head stressed. “We often talk about morality, the principles of justice. And I want to ask: is it fair when the leader of a faction blocks motor roads, when he races with an armed escort around Moscow and at the same time his colleagues introduce a bill that prohibits blocking the streets?” the MP asked, referring to the leader of A Just Russia Sergei Mironov. “Is it fair when some deputies unconsciously carrying out someone’s orders or on their own go and consult behind closed doors with foreign ambassadors?” he again raised the issue of the Duma members’ visit members to the US diplomatic mission.
“Is it fair, Gennady Andreyevich,” Vorobyev addressed Zyuganov, “when you, when using a car, getting paid wages and having a residence, getting a new swimming pool, do not recognise the election results?” “Drain the water!” he concluded.