PARNAS leader attacked during march in Nemtsov’s memorySociety & Culture February 26, 16:59
Donetsk water purification station recaptured from Ukrainian radicalsWorld February 26, 15:24
Russian skiers Ustyugov, Kryukov win team sprint at World ChampionshipsSport February 26, 15:23
Opposition activist Dadin sentenced for disorders at rallies leaves jailRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 26, 12:58
Aerospace Force chief says Russian army to get new combat jets and helicoptersMilitary & Defense February 26, 11:15
Mistura says Homs terror attacks attempt to derail Geneva talksWorld February 26, 5:49
Where to watch unique solar eclipse and spectacular ‘ring of fire’Science & Space February 26, 3:24
HNC expects Trump to correct Obama's mistakes in Syria - delegation headWorld February 26, 3:08
War on terror to dominate Geneva talks — Syrian UN envoyWorld February 25, 23:48
MOSCOW, December 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Communists in Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament are calling for a parliamentary probe into the activities of former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
Communist deputy Anatoly Lokot said on Tuesday that CPRF faction leader Gennady Zyuganov and his group had “repeatedly called in parliament for Serdyukov’s resignation”.
“We believe damage to Russia’s defense capability is colossal,” he said, adding that parliamentarians from all factions took the same view. “It was under Serdyukov that criticism against Russian hardware came to full flower, and initiatives emerged on mass purchase of foreign equipment,” he said.“We are not bloodthirsty. We don’t demand execution or punishment,” he said. The demand sought an end to the phenomenon existing in society dubbed ‘serdyukovism’, a derogatory term for what the deputy called rampant corruption in the ministry when Serdyukov was in charge.
“In accordance with federal law on parliamentary investigation, the CPRF faction announces an initiative to carry out a parliamentary probe into the activity of former Defense Minister Serdyukov, setting up a commission for that," Lokot said.
He said an appeal to the Duma speaker had already been prepared by parliamentarian Yuri Sinelshchikov, based on information published by media organizations.
The communists “have no other reliable sources, but these facts had been voiced by law enforcement agencies,” he said. “Every fact mentioned there has references and we by no means stand in for the law enforcement system and the Investigative Committee,” the deputy said.
“We have different tasks. The aim of the investigation is to reveal causes and conditions of abuses revealed by the Investigative Committee, to make public each and every fact of these abuses,” Lokot said.
He said signatures were being collected, expressing confidence that the necessary 90 names for the issue to be put on the agenda would be collected. He appealed to “all deputies who care about the fate of our army and the military-industrial complex” to join the initiative, which needed evidence of specific violations.
State Duma deputies last called for a parliamentary investigation in the spring of 2014. This focused on Ministry for Education and Science monitoring of higher education institutions. The bid failed for lack of Duma support.