State Duma member Slutsky asked Russia's FM to issue visas for 3 activists of Yellow vests movement

State Duma member Slutsky asked Russia's FM to issue visas for 3 activists of Yellow vests movement

In his letter, Slutsky asked to issue double entry visas from May 30 up to June 30 to a French politician Michel Larive and activists Maxime da Silva and Andre Guy.

The Insider has published papers that state that in 2018, Chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue visas for 3 activists of a French opposition movement Yellow vests. In his letter, Slutsky asked to issue double entry visas from May 30 up to June 30 to a French politician Michel Larive and activists Maxime da Silva and Andre Guy. The Insider calls them participants and organizers of the rallies and publishes photos of the oppositionists wearing yellow vests. Da Silva’s Facebook page features recent photos of the protests. Franceinfo reported about participation of Guy in the movement in December, 2018.

The letter states that the Russian Peace Foundation (headed by Slutsky) will be vouching for the foreigners. The Insider maintains that the member of the State Duma asked to issue visas for 9 citizens of Germany, 25 citizens of France, as well as citizens of Spain, Italy and other countries. There are - according to the letter - members of a far-right party Alternative for Germany Kay Gottschalk and Corina Bülow.

In 2018, a few female correspondents accused Slutsky of harassment. With that, the State Duma’s Committee did not find any violations in his actions. Due to this fact, correspondents started boycotting the lower house of parliament.

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