To the remark of the speaker of the State Duma about the difficulty of ensuring the safety of such trips and that they lead to “truancy” of meetings, the Secretary of the United Russia General Council responded with the words about “sitting your pants in comfortable chairs” *
Andrei Turchak and Denis Pushilin during the awarding of medals “For the Liberation of Mariupol”
Comment on trips of deputies from United Russia Only those who were there and “passed it all through themselves” can enter the Donbass. This statement was made in the Telegram channel of the party by the Secretary of the General Council of the “United Russia” and First Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Turchak, responding to criticism of State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.
Earlier, at a meeting of the Council of the Duma, Volodin declared the need to “eliminate the excessive zeal of individual deputies to engage in unusual activities.” TASS Agency and Vedomosti cites the words of the participants in the meeting and sources close to the State Duma, who said that Volodin named the names of three heads of committees who missed several meetings of the Duma council due to trips to the Donbass. Volodin also noted that many deputies are already in the Donbass, and ensuring their protection “is worth as much as the whole special operation.”
“Our deputies will continue this work as long as it is necessary for the residents of both the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Kherson region, Zaporozhye and other liberated territories as our troops advance,” — said Turchak.
According to him, questions about “burdening, protecting these guys” & mdash; deputies who travel to Donbass,— raise questions, as they do not need protection. Also, Turchak noted, security is not required for “volunteers who, in the amount of 200 people, are constantly there, without taking off their bulletproof vests for weeks, helping people, conducting operations, on the front line, in hospitals in the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.”
“It seems to me that one should not pay attention to such statements, statements by a number of officials who are completely out of touch with reality. I have already said that only the person who was directly there can comment on this work. I was there and passed it all through myself. And I didn’t sit my pants in comfortable chairs, & mdash; said Turchak.
“Vedomosti” citing three sources in the State Duma, they wrote that Volodin was concerned that the trips of deputies to the Donbass were at the expense of work in the chamber. Among those who most often missed meetings of the Council of the Duma, — head of the committee for CIS affairs Leonid Kalashnikov (KPRF), head of the committee for health protection Dmitry Khubezov (United Russia) and head of the committee for physical culture and sports Dmitry Svishchev (LDPR). They missed five council meetings out of 11, the newspaper notes.
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The publication notes that Khubezov missed meetings due to the fact that he is a doctor and traveled to the Donbass to organize medical care in the DPR and LPR. Kalashnikov said that he did not dispute it, but noted that “according to the regulations from the committee, someone is always present at the council.” Svishchev also said that the rules of the chamber allow the presence of deputy heads of committees on the council. “But in connection with the fact that such a remark was made, and it is correct, I now walk on my own,” — added Svishchev.
“Volodin drew the attention of all members of the council that we can consider the decision to send deputies there if there is a corresponding request from the Ministry of Defense, the National Guard or the subjects of the Federation, because the main task of deputies and committee heads is to make legislative decisions designed to help all participants special operation, as well as in making anti-sanctions decisions, decisions in support of citizens, the economy, regions and people in general,— TASS quotes its source.
In early May, Turchak visited the Kherson region, which was taken under the control of the Russian military. Arriving in the region, he declared that “Russia is here forever.” and “there will be no return to the past.” At the same time, Turchak suggested not getting ahead of himself on the issue of the status of the region, indicating that it would be determined by the inhabitants.
The Ministry of Defense announced full control over the Kherson region in mid-March, and on April 9, the Russian flag was raised over the city administration. At the end of April, Alexander Kobets was appointed the new mayor of Kherson, and the head of the region— Vladimir Saldo, who led its capital until 2012.
Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, said that the region is moving into the ruble zone from May 1. At the same time, a transitional period of up to four months is envisaged, during which both the ruble and the hryvnia will circulate in the region.
Earlier, in early April, Turchak criticized Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov for his statement in an interview with the British SkyNews TV channel that during the special operation Russia has “significant loss of troops”; and for the country “this is a huge tragedy.” According to Turchak, the comments of state officials should not be ambiguous, especially in such a period as the country is going through. “Significant” losses, what are they? And what are “not significant”? And eight years of victims of the genocide of Donbass— Was it just a tragedy for us? And now “great tragedy”? Turchak said.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
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