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Russian Duma speaker blasts lawmakers' fistfight

December 04, 2013, 13:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Regardless of the motive behind the incident, the political parties the lawmakers represent and their merits, it is my firm belief that it is unworthy of State Duma deputy's status," Naryshkin said
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MOSCOW, December 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaking of the State Duma lower house of Russia' s parliament Sergei Naryshkin said participation in fistfight is unworthy of lawmaker's status, referring to the Tuesday scuffle between members of the United Russia faction.

"Regardless of the motive behind the incident, the political parties the lawmakers represent and their merits, it is my firm belief that it is unworthy of State Duma deputy's status," Naryshkin underscored.

"What happened at the State Duma yesterday has no right to happen in top legislative boy, namely fistfights between two deputies," he went on.

"I say the parliament will not be looking into who was right and who was wrong. The line has been crossed beyond which the matter cannot be a subject of lawmakers' discussion," the speaker said.

He said it was up to law-enforcement bodies to draw conclusions and that those wishing to hear comments should contact police. "As State Duma speaker responsible for legislative process - the principal activity - I'd like to ask all deputies to refrain from comments and not mount tension in our parliament and in our society," Naryshkin said.

The parliament has much work to do as it is to address citizens' concerns, he added.

 

Ethics commission to look into lawmakers' fistfight

 

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.

"Of course, the commission will investigate the incident; we'll give our opinion and pass a decision within our competence," he confirmed.

"I believe a scuffle in parliament is an outrageous thing, regardless of the motives behind it," Degtyaryov underlined.

 

Delimkhanov gives no comments

 

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 Itar-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".

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