Question asked on September 9, 2022
According to information reported by several English-language media and shared by French Internet users, a group of elected officials from Saint Petersburg, sometimes misrepresented as deputies of the Duma (the Russian Parliament), officially called for the removal of Putin and the impeachment. with high treason. The information is true. The Independent Russian Investigative Site The Insider reported, on September 7 in an article in English, that “Municipal deputies from the Smolninskoye district of St. Petersburg plan to submit a petition to the State Duma (the Russian parliament) to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of high treason for starting the war in Ukraine”. The Insider cited a document published on Twitter by Dmitry Palyuga, a municipal elected official from Smolninskoye district.
Call for impeachment
This document contains an official letter which the chairman of the city council Dmitry Palyuga made “appeal to the representatives of the State Duma with the proposal to take the initiative to file a complaint against the President of the Russian Federation in order to remove him from office”. On the second page, he detailed his request, explaining thate “since the beginning of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, the actions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin reflect the elements of the crime provided for in Article 93 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation – high treason”.
He wrote that Vladimir Putin deserves impeachment for four reasons. Since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, “War-ready units of the Russian army were destroyed, and strong young citizens were killed and maimed” ; “Russia’s economy is suffering” due to the departure of many investors, some lost products due to sanctions and the migration of its brains. The letter also mentions the extension of NATO to the east, with the decisions of Finland and Sweden to join the Atlantic Alliance, and finally the fact that the demilitarization of Ukraine has since failed. “Ukraine received modern military equipment and funds amounting to 38 billion dollars. That’s more than the annual military budget of Canada or Poland.”.
Local opposition politicians
The proposal of the chairman of the city council of this district of St. Petersburg approved by 7 local elected officials (Dmitry Baltrukov, Anna Kiselova, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Radislav Poluikov, Ivan Chebotar and Nikita Yuferev), who announced their engagement on Twitter. These are local elected officials from a district of Saint Petersburg and are not representatives of the Duma. Among these names, some refer to the profiles of political activists who were already engaged before the start of the war against Vladimir Putin’s policy. Thus Nikita Yuferev was noticed in November 2020 for tearing up a photo of Putin or more recently in August 2022 for writing to Vladimir Putin to ask him to stop the war. In 2019, he also signed a letter with Ivan Chebotar for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send its observers for the smooth running of the elections in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
by The InsiderDmitry Palyuga justified his approach against the Russian president: “While the President of Russia has declared the demilitarization of Ukraine as one of his goals, we are witnessing the opposite. […] This harms the national security of Russia. We want to inform people that there are MPs who are against the current policy and think that Putin is hurting Russia. We also want them to know that we are not afraid to speak up. “
Five signatories were prosecuted for defaming Russian authorities
After their action, publicized by the international and especially the English-speaking press, those who signed this call for the ouster of Vladimir Putin were summoned by the police, as reported. The Insider in an article published this September 9 in English. On Twitter, Dmitry Palyuga and Nikita Yuferev SMS is published which was sent to them by the police where they were called to go to the police station this Friday because they committed “Acts aimed at undermining the current authorities of the Russian Federation”.
This Friday, at 12:38 p.m., elected municipal official Nikita Yuferev announced on Twitter that all elected officials who were summoned left the police station after their summons. Five have now been charged under Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, which punishes public actions aimed at undermining the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. “Lawyers advised against disclosing details before trial” said Yuferev.