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Sunday, March 18, 2018

“Where’s our liberalism”: a member of the liberal democratic party went from Zhirinovsky to Khodorkovsky

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky demanded to hand over the Deputy mandate from the party expelled from the Lipetsk parliamentarian Oleg Homutinnikova. Zhirinovsky has called him a traitor for joining the “Open Russia”, Homutinnikova suggested Zhirinovsky to change places with him in the Duma.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

In his address to the Deputy of the Lipetsk regional Council Zhirinovsky demanded that he “resign of the Deputy as soon as possible in connection with the impossibility to represent the interests of voters who voted for LDPR”. Requirement Zhirinovsky proved that Homutinnikova was elected on the party list.

Now, I am sure the leader of the party, the MP has betrayed its interests and discredited liberal democratic party itself, its membership in “Open Russia” Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Homutinnikova commented on our publication is, in his words, “unconstitutional” proposal: “Vladimir Volfovich, we headed the regional list. It is here, in Lipetsk, work did not go. I went as a candidate to the State Duma, when there was “good” (for the 2016 elections Homutinnikova elected to the regional Council and the state Duma — ed.). If Vladimir Zhirinovsky me his Duma mandate would give him, I will give way to Lipetsk. And so is all the talk in favor of the poor. I do not believe that the mandates, which gets the liberal democratic party, belongs personally to Vladimir Zhirinovsky”.

Homutinnikova explained that 10 years was a member of LDPR and “stoked for the party” and entered the “Open Russia”. To this decision he was pushed by the fact that campaign 2016 party “stoked enough”: “I had doubts about what we are doing, I began to talk about it openly and faced stiff opposition. Then I began to ask tougher questions: guys, we’re liberal democratic party. Where our liberalism, our democracy? And here’s the background on this started to have conflict points. And to fix their devotion to the ideals of liberalism and democracy, I joined in the “Open Russia”, declaring European values and the turnover of power. Domestic conflict escalated into an ideological”.

Lipetsk Deputy said he intends to stay in Parliament, as the legitimate levers of pressure on him there, in the near future he intends to create in the Lipetsk region Department of the “Open Russia” and to begin to engage in the protection of citizens, thus representing the interests of their constituents.


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