Deputy Ponomaryov may be denied right to speak at State Duma for month or ever

A Just Russia deputy Ilya Ponomaryov may be denied the right to speak at State Duma meetings for long by a decision of the State Duma Ethics Commission, Commission head Vladimir Pekhtin said.

He confirmed to Interfax that the commission would consider on Monday the motion of State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and the collective appeal of 40 deputies of United Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party who asked for evaluating the statement Ponomaryov made at the last meeting of the State Duma's spring session.

Ponomaryov said, "I urge cheaters and thieves not to vote for this law."

"Naturally, I do not know what decision our commission may make, but it has the right to deny a deputy the right to speak for impermissible conduct for various periods of time, for one or two plenary meetings, for a month, till the end of the session or till the end of the State Duma office," the commission head said.

In his words, the commission considers all the issues in the working regime, i.e. without media attendance.

Asked whether Ponomaryov had been invited to the commission meeting, Pekhtin wondered, "Why should we do that?"

Commission deputy head Andrei Andreyev (the Communist Party) told Interfax earlier that the State Duma Ethics Commission would discuss the pronouncements Just Russia deputy Ilya Ponomaryov had made at house meetings and might deny him the right to speak at parliament meetings for a month.

"Our commission will convene at 11:00 a.m. on Monday to discuss in the regular working regime, i.e. behind closed doors, the motion of State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin for the evaluation of the statement deputy Ponomaryov made at the last meeting of the State Duma spring session," he said.

Forty deputies of United Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party also asked the commission to evaluate the words of A Just Russia's deputy and to consider his punishment, he said.

Andreyev said he did not know whether Ponomaryov had been invited to the commission meeting. "Personally, I think he should be notified and take part in the meeting," the communist deputy said.

He recalled that the commission led by United Russia deputy Vladimir Pekhtin had 14 members - seven United Russia deputies, three Communist Party deputies, two A Just Russia deputies and two Liberal Democratic Party deputies.

"I think the majority of commission members, i.e. nine representatives of United Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party, will vote for denying Ponomaryov the right to speak at State Duma meetings for a month," he said.

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