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Duma parties appeal to ethics commission over oppositionist Gudkov's US trip

March 15, 2013, 9:57 UTC+3

At the forum of the Freedom House human rights organization Gudkov proposed a number of measures to put pressure on corrupt persons among top Russian authorities

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MOSCOW, March 15 (Itar-Tass) – Representatives of all the four parties in the State Duma have asked the Duma's ethics commission to launch an inquiry in connection with Dmitry Gudkov's recent trip to the United States, one of the legislators, Sergei Zheleznyak told Itar-Tass. Zheleznyak is deputy secretary of the United Russia party's General Council.

Gudkov was recently expelled from the Just Russia party.

"We together with colleagues from all the factions of the State Duma – Igor Lebedev (LDPR), Oleg Denisenko (CPRF) and Svetlana Goryacheva (Just Russia) – have made inquiries with the State Duma Commission on Deputy Ethics in connection with the statements and calls for American authorities’ interference in Russia's internal affairs, voiced by deputy Dmitry Gudkov during his overseas voyage at the anti-Russian forum that was held in the United States on March 5, this year," the politician said.

As media reported earlier, Dmitry Gudkov, during his visit to the United States, spoke at the forum of the Freedom House human rights organization, where he proposed a number of measures to American politicians to put pressure on corrupt persons among top Russian authorities, including in the State Duma.

In response, United Russia members stated they would initiate amendments to the Duma regulations for deputies to go on trips abroad after it was agreed on with the Duma speaker and party leaders.

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky demanded to arrest Gudkov till May 1 and open a criminal case against him on charges of state treason.

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