“It never happened in the old days!" Deputy angry after some "small lieutenant" stops his car
Fatih Sibagatullin complained that recently people's representatives have not been feared.
Fatih Sibagatullin, a State Duma deputy from Tatarstan (the United Russia faction), did not appreciate the fact that his car had been pulled over. For some reason he decided to address the unpleasant incident at a meeting on the federal targeted programs held in Kazan.
According to him, this illustrates the declining authority of lower house deputies.
"There has been a decline in the authority of the State Duma deputies. I've been experiencing this myself lately. Even the traffic police stops [me], although it clearly states "State Duma”, but he renounces everything; a small lieutenant, that little brisk boy stops [my car], tells [me] to open the trunk, says: “I'm not afraid of anyone”, looking into [my] mouth," Realnoye Vremya (Real Time) quoted him as saying.
Then he said that his chauffeur was so "naive" that he was going to obey the inspector, but the deputy stopped him just on time. After all, Sibagatullin noted, no one has the right to encroach on the personal property of a deputy without trial.
The people's deputy also said "it never happened" under Rifkat Minnikhanov, the previous head of the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate.
Chairman of the Tatarstan State Council Farid Mukhametshin responded saying that this was rather an exception and that he would surely report on the incident; where and to whom he did not say.
After the meeting, Sibagatullin was still agitated and told reporters that they [traffic police officers] never stopped to check Mukhametshin; quite the opposite: they accompany him everywhere and even block the streets for him. But it is not going to last, the "people’s servant” concluded.
Sibagatullin had been known for his emotional statements before. For example, in February he said those arguing against the construction of a Kazan incinerator were dumb.
"Only the dumb would not want this, as the satirist Mikhail Zadornov says," the deputy said then.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).