Communist MP summoned for questioning after criticizing pension bill
The reason for summoning was the deputy’s speech in the parliament.
Nikolay Bondarenko, Saratov Region Duma deputy of the Communist Party, was summoned to the IC Investigations Directorate in the Saratov region after publicly speaking about the irresponsibility of federal officials and authors of the bill on raising the retirement age. The interrogation is to be held on July 23. According to SarBC, it was a deputy from the United Russia party and a speaker of the regional parliament, Ivan Kuzmin, who had complained about Bondarenko’s emotional speech.
At one of the parliamentary sessions, Nikolay Bondarenko resented the irresponsibility of the Russian government, which cared for a “meaningless war in Syria,” but not for the problems of its pensioners. He also made a forceful comment about his colleagues who voted for the bill, calling them “crooks and thieves.” After that, the people’s representative was threatened that law enforcement agencies might be interested in the video recording of his speech.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.