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Ex-KGB opposition lawmaker faces Russia' Duma expulsion

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Sept. 10, 2012, 6:25 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russian opposition lawmaker Gennady Gudkov, center, leaves a parliament committee meeting in Moscow, Monday Sept. 10, 2012. The Incomes Committee on Monday voted 8 to 5 with one abstention to agree with the findings of Russian investigators who say that Gennady Gudkov might be involved in business activities. Russian lawmakers are barred from running businesses.
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MOSCOW — A former KGB officer who has openly rebelled against President Vladimir Putin is facing expulsion from Parliament in a case that highlights a growing split in the Russian political elite.

The Kremlin-controlled Duma will vote Friday on stripping Gennady Gudkov of his seat after a committee accepted a report by the country's top investigators finding that he ran his own business. Although Gudkov faces no charges, Russian lawmakers are barred from running businesses.

Gudkov maintains his innocence and describes efforts to kick him out as "political revenge."

Gudkov has taken an active role in opposition protests against Putin, himself a former KGB officer.

The Incomes Committee voted 8 to 5 with one abstention Monday to approve putting up a motion to expel Gudkov.

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