Russia lawmaker resigns amid scandal over US property

Channel News Asia
Wednesday 20th February, 2013

MOSCOW: The head of the Russian parliament’s ethics committee resigned his seat on Wednesday after a leading opposition anti-corruption crusader accused him of having secret property in the United States.Ruling party lawmaker Vladimir Pekhtin quit after Alexei Navalny, arguably the most charismatic leader of Russia’s opposition movement, accused him of owning property in the resort town of Miami Beach in Florida that he had not declared.The resignation of such a prominent ruling party lawmaker is the biggest scalp yet for Navalny’s anti-corruption investigations that have turned the lawyer int…

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