Someone regularly votes instead of Vyacheslav Volodin in State Duma
Since April 2018, Volodin has missed 10 plenary sessions of the State Duma. In every second case, someone voted instead of him.
Someone regularly votes instead of State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin when he is not present at the plenary sessions, Meduza reports. Journalists noted that since April 2018, someone voted instead of Volodin in every second case of his absence. In total, the speaker has missed 10 plenary sessions.
Journalists checked the transcripts of the State Duma and found that in total, the speaker has missed 14 meetings: November 30, 2016, January 27, October 13, and November 24, 2017, April 12, July 12, October 9, November 8, and December 12, 2018, February 5-7, March 7 and April 11, 2019. Since April 12, an unknown person voted for Volodin, which is directly prohibited by the State Duma regulations. At the same time, it was Volodin himself who offered to introduce the prohibition.
It is reported that April 12, 2018, Volodin, as well as deputies Leonid Slutsky, Sergey Neverov, Anatoly Vyborny, Leonid Kalashnikov, Vladimir Shamanov, and Gadzhimurad Omarov were in St. Petersburg, where they participated in a meeting of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly. At the same time, according to the “System for Analyzing the Results of Voting at State Duma Meetings,” Volodin voted 32 times that day, Slutsky nine times, Kalashnikov four times, and Omarov two times.
December 12, 2018, Volodin participated in a seminar for the heads of state power legislative bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation, which was held in the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In the State Duma at that time, some person voted for him 50 times. March 7, the speaker was not present at the plenary meeting of the State Duma, but voted 16 times.
Journalists drew attention to the "remote voting" Volodin after the meeting of the State Duma on April 11, at which the deputies adopted the law on the isolation of Russian Internet in the second reading. Volodin was absent at the meeting, but the official resource of the State Duma registered his vote for the bill.
On the day of the meeting, Volodin and deputy Nikolay Pankov were in the Saratov region. Saratov media reported that Volodin refused to comment on the issue of remote voting. Advisor to the media relations manager Anastasia Kashevarova later stated that Volodin’s name was on the list of voters, because in his absence at the meeting, State Duma staff members forgot to withdraw his card.