Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Paper Review: Gudkov's Banishment
September 17, 2012 13:33

Expulsion of a key opposition figure within the Russian parliament has once again drawn the attention of international media to Russia.HAWNNU4NYRJT


The New York Times gives Gennady Gudkov’s background and his portrait calling him “a gregarious, rumpled populist” and “a voluble man’s man — the kind of person a Russian would call a “muzhik” — in a rubber-stamp legislature.


It goes on to explore his possible future moves, citing one of the experts saying: “You are witnessing the birth of a new public politician.


Like the previous edition, The Los Angeles Times is concerned about the extrajudicial character of the parliament’s decision:


“Gudkov, however, became the first Russian legislator to lose his job for allegedly running a business while in parliament, in violation of rules. Prosecutors who appeared before the Duma on Friday displayed a photocopy of a document from Gudkov's former company that allegedly contained his signature. Gudkov called it a fake.”


The Washington Post describes Gudkov as a “lonely voice of criticism in the legislature” and cites some of the most emotional parts of his final statement before getting unseated by a 294 vs 150 vote, with three abstentions.


“But I want to leave in order to come back and to build a new country, which will make its people proud,” he said. “We will win, the truth will win, the constitution will win, and we’ll come back, believe me.”


The Guardian looks at his accusations directed at the FSB, Russia’s Federal Security Agency. 


“He said agents had begun regularly wiretapping, illegally filming and breaking into the emails of those who disagreed with Putin's regime. "Why is our president silent?" he asked. "Does he understand what a dangerous Pandora's box we're opening right here and now? If he understands and is silent, that means he approves, and that means it was agreed with him. This is a very vicious and risky path."


United Russia deputies interviewed by say more heads could roll in the future if similar cases are uncovered.


According to a poll conducted a week before the vote by the VTsIOM agency, 71 percent of the respondents are sure that mixing business and legislation are routing practices for the Russian MPs.

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Gennady Gudkov     

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

About 1.5 Thousand Hotels in Moscow are Ready to Accept the Guests of the World Cup 2018 Strategy 31, an Annoying Splinter under the Bear's Nail Yandex Posts 3Q Financial Results 5 Most Rapidly Developing Companies in Russia Russia Increased the Investments in US Treasury Securities

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter      submit

Russian circus  tours to Russia  St. Petersburg  Russian economy  Russian musicians  Russian Cinema  Russian Traditions  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Russian tourism  contemporary art  Maxim Vylegzhanin  Russian Film Directors  Russian science  Russian scientists  Kostroma  Russian cities  Moscow Cuisine  Russian art  Russian-Myanmar  Andrey Zvyagintsev  Moscow events  Stanislavsky Electrotheatre  The Great Silk Road  Russian fashion designer  Nikolay Beketov  Finam Aerodrome  Russian politicians  Ozyorsk  Russian business  Book of the Year  Yandex  Concerts in Saint Petersburg  computer  Russian hackers  Exhibitions in Moscow  Cannibal Corpse  Leonid Mikhelson  Moscow actions  Radio  Astrakhan Region  Russian Poetry  Russian opposition activists  Moscow  Amber Room  Mikhail Dashevsky  Russian broadcasting  Russian Embroidery  Sticky Jam Festival  Sochi Paralympics  Events in Moscow 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites