: RFE/RL: Lone Russian lawmaker who opposed Crimea annexation stripped of mandate

12:32 Jun. 11, 2016

RFE/RL: Lone Russian lawmaker who opposed Crimea annexation stripped of mandate

Ilya Ponomaryov, a lawmaker who is one of the leaders of the Left Front opposition movement, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 9, 2011 (AP photo)

Ilya Ponomaryov is also facing criminal investigation into fraud allegations

Russia's State Duma has stripped Ilya Ponomaryov of his parliamentary mandate in the latest move taken against the opposition lawmaker.

The lower house, which is dominated by lawmakers from the Kremlin-backed United Russia party, voted 413-3 to pass the widely expected measure.

The lone Russian lawmaker to vote against the 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, Ponomaryov had already been stripped last year of his legal immunity.

That paved the way for a criminal investigation into allegations that Ponomaryov had embezzled money from the state-funded Skolkovo technological foundation, something he has repeatedly denied.

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