Aug 22, 2022
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Red call to deputies: Volodin will convene the Duma Council on a special operation

On Monday, August 22, at a meeting with Vyacheslav Volodin, the date of the additional Council of the Duma will be discussed. Gennady Zyuganov, who is very worried about the situation around the Zaporizhzhya NPP and in the Crimea, became the initiator of the meeting of the chamber’s leadership. There is no talk yet about convening an extraordinary plenary session, and the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation does not propose this either.

On August 18, in the morning, a statement was made public by the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov entitled “Stop the state terrorism of Bandera! Society is waiting for decisive action from the Russian authorities.” “Reports of grave concern are coming from the special military operation zone,” the document says. “The insane shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the settlements of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions”, “sabotage operations in the Crimea and other Russian regions” require decisive action and a “tough reaction” from the Russian leadership, “a real consolidation of Russian society around a special military operation” is needed, and it is only possible “when society clearly understands the nature of the events and influences the decisions being made,” Mr. Zyuganov believes.

After such revolutionary words, taking into account the realities of the Russian political system, the leader of the Communist Party spoke in favor of holding a meeting of the Duma Council in the near future, the author of the statement believes. However, no specific measures were proposed in the document.

By the evening of the same day, State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told reporters that he agreed with the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation that the consolidation of society is now “crucial”, recalled that more than 70 State Duma deputies, despite official holidays, work in the DPR and LPR, “helping people” and promised “before the end of the week” to discuss with the leaders of other Duma factions Mr. Zyuganov’s initiative.

As a result of preliminary consultations, the press service of the Duma reported: on Monday, August 22, there will be a “meeting to discuss the initiative of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and decide on the date of the meeting of the State Duma Council.” Zaporizhzhya NPP and “consolidation of society” – this is how the circle of topics for discussion at the Council in this message is outlined.

Apparently, there is no talk yet about an extraordinary plenary meeting. The Duma regulations allow the State Duma to be convened in an emergency order at the initiative of the president, the speaker, or one of the factions supported by 90 deputies. There are now 57 people in the Communist Party faction. She did not announce any collection of signatures, and in the statement of Mr. Zyuganov and his subsequent explanations about the “plenary meeting” there is not a word. If the president needs it, it will be convened in two days, but at the moment, it seems that the Kremlin does not need the presence of all the deputies in the capital. There is no need, therefore, to urgently adopt any laws or approve new prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, ministers of the economic and social bloc.

One of the most likely dates for the Duma Council (it includes the speaker, vice-speakers and leaders of the Duma factions with a decisive vote, and the heads of the Duma committees and commissions with a deliberative vote) is Thursday, August 25. What kind of decisions can be made by this governing body of the House of Parliament?

Sources in the State Duma believe that the result of the discussion of the issues raised by the leader of the Communist Party may be the adoption of a certain document – a statement or appeal. And it will not be something out of the ordinary. Statements of the Council of the State Duma were adopted from time to time even in calmer times. For example, in July last year, when the State Duma had already gone on vacation, and parties and deputies were in full swing preparing for the September parliamentary elections, at an extraordinary meeting of the Duma Council an official statement was adopted “in connection with the recommendations of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which proposed Russia to ensure the official recognition of same-sex unions”…

The fact that a draft of some kind of statement may be prepared for the current meeting of the Council is indirectly evidenced by the words of the leader of the LDPR faction and head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky. “The situation around the Zaporozhye NPP is only heating up”, “we must clearly define our position and, possibly, turn to international institutions and parliaments of the countries of the world regarding the safety of nuclear facilities and the inadmissibility of “nuclear terrorism” by the Kyiv junta,” he wrote in his telegram -channel.

At the same time, the Council of the Duma can send the bills submitted in recent weeks to the mailing list to the regions, the government and other involved bodies to receive feedback. And give, say, instructions to the committees to prepare some questions and draft decisions for the beginning of the autumn session…

If all goes as planned, the first plenary week of the fall session will begin on 12 September.

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