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Russian MP faces prosecution for illegal hunting after his parliamentary immunity was lifted.

The Russian parliament voted on Thursday to lift the immunity of opposition politician Valery Rashkin.

The 66-year-old admitted to illegally killing a moose last month without a hunting license. He initially denied the allegations.

The remains of a moose were found in the MP’s car by police in Russia’s Saratov region last month.

Rashkin said at the time that he and his companion did not shoot the animal and planned to report the matter to authorities. He also refused to submit to a blood alcohol test at the scene.

But officers reported finding an ax and two knives in Rashkin’s car, along with two gun cases hidden in a nearby bush.

Last week, the opposition MP admitted to having slaughtered the animal by mistake and said he was prepared to pay 80,000 rubles (€ 950) in compensation.

On Monday, a Russian parliamentary committee recommended that the legislator be stripped of his immunity. The decision was approved with 341 votes in favor, 55 against and two abstentions.

Rashkin faces a maximum prison sentence of two years if convicted of “illegal hunting”.

Some Russian media claim the MP faces charges because of his frequent criticism of the Kremlin and his support for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The Communist Party held protests in September against allegations of online fraud in Russian parliamentary and local elections.


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