Russian parliament expels anti-Putin deputy

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Sep. 14, 2012 12:41
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A picture taken in Moscow on January 31, 2012 shows Gennady Gudkov, deputy head of the Just Russia party. Russia's lower house votes today on whether to expel leading the opposition lawmaker and protest organiser on the grounds of business activities.
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MOSCOW - Russian parliament voted on Friday to oust opposition deputy Gennady Gudkov, a move he said was organised by the Kremlin and stepped up a crackdown on dissent by President Vladimir Putin.

The State Duma, or lower house, expelled Gudkov over allegations that he broke the law by operating a business while a member of the chamber. Gudkov, who has helped organise anti-Putin protests, denies the charges but could now face trial and two years in jail.


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