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I’ve blogged before about the unfortunate propensity of members of the Rada to settle disputes by physical violence – inside the chamber – rather than by debate.

When I noted recently with approval that there hadn’t been any fights or attempts physically to block the rostrum this year a couple of people commented that parliamentary procedures by parties on all sides left much to be desired, including the scourge of "piano playing".

“Piano playing" refers to the action whereby deputies in the Rada vote more than once, including for absent colleagues. In theory, this is impossible: each deputy has an electronic voting card which only he or she is allowed to insert into the voting machines in the Rada chamber to register his or her presence, and to vote.

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