Russian official calls on Putin to end the war and remove him from the meeting

A Russian official requested that the president Russian President Vladimir Putin She was branded a traitor by the newspaper Ending the War against Ukraine, who was taken out of a high-level meeting and denied the right to vote, according to local media reports.

During the meeting of the Legislative Assembly of Russia Primorsky Krai in the Far East, he was a member of Russia’The Communist Party faction, Leonid Vasukevich, appealed to Putin to stop the months-long war in Ukraine He withdrew his forces from the country.

Speaking on behalf of four party members in a rare criticism of what Putin called a “special military operation,” Vasukevich said he and his colleagues signed an appeal to the president.

“We understand that if our country does not stop the military operation, then there will be more orphans in our country,” Vasukevich said. “During the military operation, young people who could bring great benefits to our country die and become disabled.”

“We demand the immediate withdrawal of the forces of the Russian Federation,” he added.

nicknamed “The Traitor”

The incident, which Russian state media described as a “provocation”, reportedly provoked a backlash from the region’s governor, Oleg Kozymiako, who called the official a “traitor”.

In response, Governor Vasukevich accused of “discrediting the Russian army and our defenders who are fighting Nazism.”

“Traitor,” he said at the meeting.

Then the district legislature escorted Vasukevich and his colleague, Gennady Shulga, from the meeting. The independent Russian news agency Media Zona reported that they were denied the right to vote at the session.

The leader of the Russian Communist Party faction also vowed to take “severe measures” against Vasukevich and Shulga.

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Anatoly Dolgachev said that their words “discredited” the party.

“This absolute trend is not coordinated with the faction,” he added.

Vsevolod Romanov, head of the Legislative Council’s Regulations Committee and Deputy Ethics Committee, said Vasyukievich made a statement “we cannot support”.

He said Vasyukevich and Shulga “blatantly violated the regulations, and were alone on issues of discussing the agenda.”

Romanov added, “We do not support his position. I am sure that not all deputies support this position. We were very surprised.”

It comes after three months Putin’s war against Ukraine, and weeks after the Russian parliament passed legislation imposing a prison sentence of up to 15 years for deliberately spreading “false” news about the Russian military.

Russia has put the law into practice respression Against those who speak ill of Putin’s war, the deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky District for comment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum “Army 2021” held at Patriot Park, in Kubinka outside Moscow on August 23, 2021.
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