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Isayev removed from position of deputy secretary of United Russia Gen Council

October 11, 2013, 15:40 UTC+3

Earlier this week, Isayev said he took responsibility for the incident that took place aboard an airliner

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

Photo ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) - The head of the State Duma's Committee for Labour, Social Policy and Disabled People’s Affairs, Andrei Isayev, is removed from the position of deputy secretary of the United Russia party's General Council. The council board took the decision on Friday, thus meeting the politician’s request.

Earlier this week, Isayev said he took responsibility for the incident that took place aboard an airliner and suspended his membership in the General Council board. He handed in his resignation as deputy secretary of the party's General Council.

There was no decision yet on redistribution of his powers among the other deputy secretaries, Isayev told reporters after the party board meeting on Friday.

It was a good talk, and his resignation from the position was accepted, he said. The politician emphasized that he did not quit the party and did not intend to quit it.

Isayev confirmed that formally he remained in the General Council board until its next meeting. Only the council may withdraw him from the board, and his membership was suspended until the next meeting.

The legislator plans to go on leave for some days. He asked the State Duma chairman to give him a leave for ten days. "I will take treatment for some my chronic diseases in a clinic outside Moscow as planned," he said.

Earlier this week, he said that he took responsibility for the incident, which took place aboard a St. Petersburg-Moscow plane, and was ready to suspend his membership in the General Council board.

As Itar-Tass reported, on October 8 the crew of the airliner before the flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow decided to remove economy class passenger Alexander Poglazov, the legislator's aide, from the plane for misbehavior. He was drunk and violated public order. Poglazov boarded the plane together with passenger Andrei Isayev. During the conflict, Isayev introducing himself as a State Duma member, demanded to seat Poglazov in the business class and "threatened the crew with sacking and personal problems," an Aeroflot spokesman said. Finally, Poglazov accompanied by policemen left the plane, and Isayev refused to take the flight.

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