: Former Russian lawmaker granted residence permit in Ukraine

14:47 Jun. 25, 2016

Former Russian lawmaker granted residence permit in Ukraine

Former Russian State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov (UNIAN photo)

Ilya Ponomaryov was the only Russian Duma deputy who opposed annexation of Crimea

Ukraine has granted a residence permit to the former Russian MP Ilya Ponomaryov.

On June 24 Ponomaryov published a picture of his Ukrainian residence permit on Instagram with the comment in Ukrainian: "Envy me, friends."

Ponomaryov was the only Russian lawmaker who voted against the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

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Soon afterwards, the deputy was stripped of his legal immunity, which paved the way for a criminal investigation into allegations that Ponomaryov had embezzled money from the state-funded Skolkovo technological foundation.

On June 10 this year Russia's State Duma has stripped the opposition politician of his parliamentary mandate.

 

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