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Last Friday, without waiting for the results of the inquiry by the Investigation Committee, United Russia deputy Alexei Knyshov, who is suspected of business activities, refused from his deputy mandate. This happened after the Investigation Committee found that Knyshov was a founder of the Slovakian company Inbister. Meanwhile, it is not ruled out that LDPR deputy Maxim Shingarkin will refuse from the mandate voluntarily at the request of his fellow party members. The experts noted that it became modern to get rid of the fellow party members in the State Duma.
United Russia deputy Alexei Knyshov, who is suspected of business activities, decided to refuse from his deputy mandate, without waiting for the Russian Investigation Committee to finalize an inquiry against him, the Russian governmental newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported. For the first time in the history of the modern parliament the deputy, who did not work in the State Duma even for a year, quits the State Duma voluntarily not because he was incited with a prestigious, highly paid post in other bodies of state authorities. He has taken this step for the reasons of principle, caring about the reputation of his faction and the calmness of his colleagues.
“This step will give a credit to Knyshov and the support to his business may be given,” a Vedomosti source close to the presidential administration affirmed. Meanwhile, Knyshov will be able to run in the Legislative Assembly in the Rostov Region, a federal United Russia members told the newspaper.
“The ban to do any activities, except for creative and scientific activities, is imposed only for the State Duma and 2-3 Legislative Assemblies, as deputies can run a business in all other legislatures,” political expert Boris Makarenko noted. According to him, Knyshov leaves the State Duma before the voting of the committee without the accusations brought against him for violating the rules of the deputy work, he is not restricted for the running in the elections or in a future career.
It is not ruled out that the state authorities “gave in their party partisan for a demonstrative lashing” and the investigation in the business activities by the deputies will be terminated, A Just Russia deputy Alexander Ageyev told the Vedomosti daily.
The reason for debating Maxim Shingarkin’s mandate became a request of A Just Russia deputy Alexander Ageyev in the Investigation Committee and the Prosecutor General’s Office, the RBC daily reported. The A Just Russia deputy, citing the media reports, asked to inquire whether Maxim Shingarkin really refused to pass the luggage check and attacked the security officers at the Sheremetyevo airport on July 30. If Maxim Shingarkin refuses from his deputy mandate, the Liberal Democratic Party will be the third faction, which will lose its party member.