12:32 Jun. 11, 2016
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.