An inter-factional commission on the issue of foreign interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, including in elections, will appear in the State Duma. This decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of the State Duma Council.
Deputies who have been elected as members of the Commission will be recalled from their holidays so that work can be started immediately. The Commission includes six representatives of the United Russia faction and two representatives of each faction: the Communist Party, LDPR and Just Russia.
Following the results of an extraordinary meeting of the State Duma Council, Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin noted that the question of interfering in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation is extremely important, and the decision to create a commission to investigate this issue is logical.
“We made a decision based on the principle that our country strictly adheres, non-interference in the sovereign affairs of other states. We believe that this principle should be the basis for building relations with the Russian Federation,” he stressed.
“We see how state channels of a number of countries voice statements “Get up, Moscow!”, all this confirms interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation. We cannot allow this. That is why it was decided to create a State Duma Commission to investigate the interference of foreign states in the affairs of our country. We believe that the Commission should start its work immediately,” said Viacheslav Volodin.
The Commission will analyze and investigate the facts of interference. As the Chairman of the State Duma noted, later the materials of the Commission may be sent to law enforcement bodies. The Commission’s conclusions, he said, might be “voiced within the framework of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, PACE and we may also send our proposals to a number of countries that by this (interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation – Editor Note) cynically violate our sovereignty, trying to intervene in the affairs of the Russian Federation, carrying out actions incompatible either with the law of our country or with international rules and standards.” In addition, legislative amendments based on the findings of the Commission may be prepared.
The materials, which the Commission will use, are already being submitted to the State Duma. Foreign journalists and diplomats will be invited to the meetings.
“We will do everything in order to ensure our sovereignty,” said Viacheslav Volodin.
The Commission will be chaired by Chairman of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control Vasilii Piskarev. He said that the first meeting will be held on August 23.
“A Commission that consists of 12 people and is led by Vasilii Piskarev, an experienced person, professional leader, has been created,” said Gennady Zyuganov, head of the faction of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
The parliamentarian noted that “we will not let knockdown, undermine, and destroy our country.”
“We have no right to repeat the tragedy of 1991,” he stressed.
Head of the LDPR faction Vladimir Zhirinovskii noted that “the propaganda of the West has been intensifying recently,” and the goal of this is to repeat what happened in Kiev, Tbilisi, etc. The members of the Commission will speak to journalists and diplomats to clarify the circumstances, the head of the LDPR faction noted.
First Deputy Head of the United Russia faction Andrey Isaev emphasized that the decision to appoint Vasilii Piskarev was unanimously supported by all factions of the State Duma, as did the decision to create the Commission.
“The Commission of the State Duma, and not the inter-factional working group, has been created. This is the body specified by the Constitution of the Russian Federation,” Andrey Isaev clarified and emphasized that the State Duma has the right to create such Commission in accordance with its Rules. Its creation will be assigned by the Resolution of the State Duma when the chamber resumes its work.
“Russia has been periodically accused of interfering in elections and in the internal affairs of other states for several years now. There was no real evidence of this,” Andrey Isaev reminded and emphasized that the facts of interference in the affairs of Russia are obvious, including direct calls through foreign state channels to participate in unauthorized actions, and financing of the so-called unsystematic opposition from abroad.
“The findings of the Commission will be presented to the public,” the parliamentarian said.
“All factions of the State Duma are united in upholding the national and state interests of Russia. We ourselves must deal with our internal problems without foreign interference,” he stressed.
“I am convinced that such a Commission is needed,” said Sergei Mironov, head of the Just Russia faction. He believes that it is necessary to analyze the facts of financing of interference in the domestic policy of our country from abroad, as well as ‘the activities of some diplomats who stay in Russia.’
The initiative to investigate the facts of interference in the internal affairs of our country was earlier made by the leaders of all four factions of the State Duma.