Former State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov passes away

Former State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, 67, died from a severe disease in Moscow late on Sunday night, Seleznyov's son-in-law Andrei Andreyev has told Interfax.

Former State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, 67, died from a severe disease in Moscow late on Sunday night, Seleznyov's son-in-law Andrei Andreyev has told Interfax.

"Gennady Nikolayevich died tonight, at home. He was very sick and his condition deteriorated sharply in the past few days, the doctors could do nothing," Andreyev said.

He added that Seleznyov was courageously fighting his severe disease for the past few months. "The doctors did everything in their power," Andreyev underlined.

Seleznyov was the Chairman of the Second and Third State Dumas in 1996-1999 and 2000-2003, and was elected deputy of the Firth and Fourth State Dumas.

Seleznyov was elected to the State Duma with the Russian Communist Party; he was a member of the party's ruling body - the Presidium of the Russian Communist Party Central Committee.

During his chairmanship in the State Duma, he was a member of the Russian Security Council.

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