The issue of early termination of Rashkin's powers may be considered this week or after the regional week, MP Otari Arshba said. Earlier, Rashkin was sentenced to three years probation in the case of illegal hunting = “The State Duma announced the imminent consideration of the issue of depriving Rashkin of his mandate” />
State Duma deputies will consider the issue of early termination of the powers of Valery Rashkin, a deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, in the near future, the chairman of the commission on control over reliability of information about income, property and obligations of a property nature and mandate issues Otari Arshba.
“As soon as the materials are received, the commission will prepare a resolution and submit it to the chamber for consideration. If the documents arrive promptly, then we will consider them this week, if they are delayed— then after the regional week»,— said Arshba.
The deputy noted that the commission has no right to discuss the legality or illegality of the court decision. According to the law “On the status of a senator and deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly”, the basis for the early termination of the powers of a deputy is the entry into force of a court conviction, he added.
In April, the Kalininsky District Court of the Saratov Region sentenced Rashkin to three years probation in a case of illegal hunting. The deputy was accused under Part 2 of Art. 258 of the Criminal Code (illegal hunting by a group of persons by prior agreement). Later, he filed an appeal, but the court upheld the verdict.
Rashkin was detained by hunting officers in the Saratov region at the end of October 2021. The butchered carcass of an elk was found in the trunk of the car he was driving. The deputy did not have permission to shoot the animal, while at the place where the carcass was cut, a gun with a night vision scope, cartridges for it and a hunting ticket in the name of Rashkin were found.
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In the beginning, the deputy said that he had found an already killed animal together with a friend and decided to take it away. However, later he changed his version of what happened and claimed that his friends suggested that he go hunting and assured that they had all the necessary permissions for this.
At the end of November, the State Duma deprived Rashkin of his parliamentary immunity, which made it possible to open a criminal case against him.
At the end of 2021, the deputy was deprived of his driver’s license for a year and a half and fined 30,000 rubles, because during his detention he refused to undergo a medical examination to check whether he had consumed alcohol. Rashkin himself stated that he was sober and did not undergo a test for intoxication, as he was afraid of falsifying the results.