Some 20,000 vote for State Duma dissolution on Novaya Gazeta website

Some 20,000 people have voted for dissolution of the State Duma on the Novaya Gazeta website, Novaya Gazeta press secretary Nadezhda Prusenkova told Interfax on Monday evening.

"The vote was so active that our provider suspected a dDOS attack and shut down. We convinced him that the reason was different," Prusenkova said.

"Some 20,000 people had voted for dissolution of the State Duma since the moment the vote started (noon, Moscow time) in spite of network failures," she said.

Provider problems limit the vote to the Russian territory only, Prusenkova said.

The Novaya Gazeta website twice became inaccessible on Monday because of the large number of voters.

Meanwhile, State Duma International Affairs Committee Deputy Chairman Vyacheslav Nikonov said that the vote for dissolution of the parliament's lower house had no legal force.

"In my opinion, there are no mechanisms or grounds for dissolution of the State Duma. Sure, they may collect signatures but then what? What is the procedure? Our constitution establishes the procedures, including the one for dissolution of the State Duma," Nikonov told Interfax on Monday.

He recalled the Russian president's initiative that a bill, which gained support of over 100,000 people online, should have a chance for consideration.

At the same time, Russia has no such laws. "I think that will require the adoption of a relevant law," Nikonov said.

Novaya Gazeta started to collect signatures for dissolution of the State Duma on its website.

Earlier the lower house postponed the consideration of 100,000 votes against the law banning adoptions of Russian orphans by foreigners. The signatures were collected on the Novaya Gazeta website and submitted to the parliament before the final hearing.

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