MOSCOW, December 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian parliament’s commission on ethics said it will look into the Tuesday fistfight between United Russia lawmakers Alexei Zhuravlyov and Adam Delimkhanov.
"The commission's reaction will be in line with the established procedure provided we have an inquiry on hand, and I think, this inquiry will be forwarded," head of the commission Alexander Degtyarov (United Russia faction) told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, adding that he did not know the details of the incident yet.
"I believe a scuffle in parliament is an outrageous thing, regardless of the motives behind it," Degtyaryov underlined.
He noted that the Commission did not have much of leverage. It can reprimand a lawmaker or deprive him or her of the right to speak. "But I can say that it means much for a federal level politician, because the image and authority in one's region for people of such rank is important," the lawmaker went on. "It might cost them their future career."
"You shouldn't view it as a trivial thing where a person can be mildly reproached and the whole thing quickly forgotten," Degtyarov said.
Earlier on Wednesday, associates of State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov (United Russia faction) refused to comment on his fistfight with his colleague Alexei Zhuravlyov.
"We won't make any preliminary comments. We are continuing to work as usual," Delimkhanov's spokeswoman Tatyana Georgiyeva told Itar-Tass.
Zhuravlyov's press secretary Sofya Cherepanova told Tass that Delimkhanov "rudely made claims regarding Zhuravlyov's inquiry sent to the Prosecutor General's Office in September 2013 requesting a check of the monument to Chechen women in the town of Gudermes for extremism."
Delimkhanov hit Zhuravlyov in the face, and the latter fought back. According to Cherepanova, "Delimkhanov dropped a pistol during the scuffle".