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February 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Vladimir Vasilyev, the vice-speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russian parliament and the leader of the United Russia parliamentary faction, arrived in the Crimea on Thursday, a Russian State Duma source told Itar-Tass.
“A United Russia group of deputies led by Vasilyev arrived in the Crimea on Thursday,” the source said.
According to Itar-Tass, representatives of parliamentary majority, including former figure-skater Irina Rodnina, ex-boxer Nikolai Valuyev, the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova, Dmitry Savelyev and Mikhail Markelov, are already in the Crimea.
Earlier on Thursday, State Duma First Vice-Premier Alexander Zhukov (United Russia) said after a Duma Council meeting that several factions had sent large groups of deputies to Ukraine to get first-hand information about the events on the peninsula, the politician said.