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Stripping deputies of mandates for unethical conduct suggested

December 05, 2012, 22:45 UTC+3
If these provisions are included, the adoption of the Code by a separate decree of the house will require making a set of amendments to the Duma regulations
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MOSCOW, December 5 (Itar-Tass) — The ethics code for deputies may be passed during the spring session of the State Duma. Andrei Andreyev, a member of the CPRF, the deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ethics, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday after the closed-door meeting which discussed the document’s drafting.

He said the Ethics Code would set the rules for a deputy’s conduct in public, would regulate the working dress code and communication with colleagues, voters and journalists.

It is suggested that the Code should also register sanctions for the violation of these norms.

Thus, Andreyev said the parliamentary majority of representatives of the United Russia faction insists on a provision for stripping deputies of a mandate “for systematic, repeated violations or deputies’ ethics norms.” “These sanctions are suggested in addition to the existing ones – reprimand and denial of the right to speak,” the deputy head of the commission said.

Andreyev also said that United Russia favors including in the Code the provision about “financial punishment” of those who infringed the Ethics Code, that is, introducing a system of fines, to be detracted from deputies’ remuneration.

If these provisions are included, the adoption of the Code by a separate decree of the house will require making a set of amendments to the Duma regulations, and, moreover, to a number federal bills, first of all, the bill on the status of a deputy of the State Duma and member of the Federation Council of Russian parliament.

The Ethics Code is worked out with the participation of experts, specifically from institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and MGIMO University.

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