Russian lawmaker quits parliament in property row

Miami Herald
Wednesday 20th February, 2013

MOSCOW — A senior lawmaker from the pro-Kremlin party has resigned his seat in parliament after an anti-corruption campaigner alleged that he owns properties in Florida worth more than $2 million.Vladimir Pekhtin, chairman of the State Duma’s ethics committee, announced his resignation at a parliament session on Wednesday, saying that he does so in order to protect his party from the scandal.Copies of deeds and other legal documents revealed by Russian anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny indicated that Pekhtin together with his son own two condos in Miami Beach and a villa in Ormond Beac…

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