Russian State Duma Deputy Valery Rashkin during the CPRF march.  Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS

Russian State Duma Deputy Valery Rashkin during the CPRF march. Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS

SPLIT THE BULLET

It was alarming and crowded on Thursday 25 November in the building of the State Duma on Okhotny Ryad. The deputies rubbed their hands – they had to vote for (or against) the deprivation of immunity for Valery Rashkin, a communist who killed an elk on an illegal hunt near Saratov.

The journalists crowded in agitation. Some TV channels even sent 2 film crews! The deputies were delighted and began to push them with speeches about the economy and education. The television cameras turned away sourly.

The journalists wanted blood.

“Where is Rashkin?” – rushed everywhere.

Rashkin was the last to enter the Duma … Like a moose on a paddock … Seeing the crowd, he suddenly accelerated sharply and with a bullet (!) Rushed past all the journalists.

– Valery Fedorovich, why didn’t you confess right away?

– Your expectations, who will support you and who will be against?

But the usually talkative protester Rashkin only muttered:

– Everyone at the meeting.

The journalists rushed after and ran into … Gennady Zyuganov. He blocked the corridor with his chest, where they heard the steps of the fleeing Rashkin, and said that all cases of illegal hunting of colleagues in recent years had been raised in the faction.

Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov on Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov on Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Photo: Mikhail FROLOV

– And not a single criminal case was initiated! – Zyuganov was fuming. – Three officials, colleagues of the Prosecutor General in Yakutia recently killed 12 deer. In the nature reserve! And they took Rashkin.

– Why didn’t he confess right away?

– I confessed. He wrote a letter to the Attorney General and in the investigation. On the first day as it happened, I asked him: was there a hunt? Was! Shoot? Shoot. Was there a license? Friends said she was. They invited me for 20 years. The authorities organized it! This is a political show!

– But did Rashkin set up the party? – the journalists were perplexed.

– He did not set anyone up. This is a provocation to destabilize the country! Here.

CUTLETS AND OCCUPATION

It became hot in the main hall of the State Duma from the first minutes. The deputies began to warm up with “current issues” – they discussed poverty, street race majors, migrants. As a result, migrants were offered to be replaced at construction sites by majors. And already carnivore looked at Rashkin.

But she came to the podium Deputy Elena Yampolskaya and started talking about culture and occupation.

– Recently I was driving along the highway, so the advertisement “2 billion people in the world speak English. Is your child ready? ” Ready for what? To the occupation? – she was indignant.

Deputy Yelena Yampolskaya at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.  Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

Deputy Yelena Yampolskaya at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

Heck. Well, when is Rashkin? Here are the masters of the deputies to chatter everything! They talked before dinner, when the smells of cutlets rushed up the stairs of the Duma.

– From moose? – sore in the sideboard, piling cutlets on plates.

– From Rashkin, – others gloomily laughed it off.

SHOOTING AND VOTING AT THE SAME TIME!

Finally Attorney General Igor Krasnov appeared.

– Rashkin is a hunter with 20 years of experience, he could not but know the rules of hunting, – announced the Prosecutor General. “But, having entered into a criminal conspiracy with a group of people, he killed an elk with his Browning carbine, thereby causing major damage to the state – 80,000 rubles. And what about Rashkin’s clumsy attempts to deceive law enforcement officials? But thanks to the media, the shame has become common knowledge! I believe that a man who takes up arms should behave like a man, and not arouse pity …

– On the 28th, all the deputies considered the country’s budget. And Rashkin went hunting, – connected Head of the State Duma Commission on Deputy Ethics Otari Arshba… – But at the same time, Rashkin voted for all the questions!

Again some devilry …

“NONE OF PARNELS HAVE BEEN GIVEN SO MUCH ATTENTION”

They gave their word to the culprit himself – Raskin… He started out with fervor.

– Federal TV channels spent 4 hours and 26 minutes of airtime discussing this moose hunt! Not a single artiodactyl has received so much attention. They talked more only about the assassination of President Kenedy, ”Rashkin drew parallels. – For 20 years of work on Okhotny Ryad, I have provided checkered skies for many unscrupulous bureaucrats. Maybe this is the case? Maybe the massacre of the Communist Party is being prepared, and not the “moose affair”? I ask you to show nobility.

“SHAME ON YOU?”

We moved on to the questions of our colleagues.

– Tell me why there are no such high-profile cases against the deputy Valuev, who was seen hunting a beaver? – asked the Prosecutor General communist Obukhov.

– Igor Viktorovich has recently been in office, he may not know about the listed cases, – answered for the Prosecutor General State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin.

Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin.

Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin.

Photo: Vladimir VELENGURIN

There were many questions to Rashkin. He stood on the podium already red. Like a schoolboy with a “deu”. “Why didn’t he confess right away?” “Why did you lie?” “How could you not have known about the license?” “Isn’t it a shame?” and “At whose expense the hunt?”

– You Bolsheviks are creating a disgusting mood in the country, – yelled from the podium Zhirinovsky… – Millions of people ended up in camps at your whim. You have blood on your hands, and not only this unfortunate elk. And now you are dissidents. Stalin is no longer there and you do not have the opportunity to shut your mouth to everyone. The fact that a war is about to break out in Ukraine is Lenin’s fault. The communists are to blame for everything bad that happens on the planet.

OPERATION ELK

The voting was predictable. For depriving Rashkin of immunity – 345 votes. Against – 54.

That’s all. Valery Rashkin is still a deputy, but under investigation. And, quite possibly, he can become a convicted prisoner.

They drove.

The result of Rashkin’s “corral” is on the State Duma scoreboard. The entire communist faction is against. The rest are in favor. And some one abstained. Maybe Rashkin himself?

Photo: Dina KARPITSKAYA

By what secret passages he left the hall, I do not know.

For that, Zyuganov again stood in front of the journalists. He was angry.

– I cannot imagine that because of one elk at two o’clock in the morning all the chiefs gathered and lined up in the forest! And then on all the news 6 times a day – about the moose. They fanned a scandal with a case that attracts maximum a fine – Zyuganov almost held on to his heart. – I appeal to everyone, do you need such a squabble in the State Duma? Shame! We staged Operation Elk …

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