Deputy of the Duma of Vladivostok Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained at the US-Mexico border Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained for trying to illegally cross the border, a source told RIA Novosti. The interlocutor of PrimaMedia specified that he has a child in the USA. The deputy refused to support the special operation
Deputy of the Vladivostok Duma Viktor Kamenshchikov was detained at the US-Mexico border. This was reported by the agency «RIA Novosti» and PrimaMedia, citing law enforcement sources.
"Detained, for which— not yet known for sure, presumably for illegal border crossing,— said the interlocutor of RIA Novosti.
Kamenshchikov has not attended meetings since the end of February after he publicly opposed Russia's military special operation in Ukraine, the agency was told in the Duma of Vladivostok. He is still listed there as an acting deputy.
According to the portal VL.ru, Kamenshchikov's phone is unavailable. A PrimaMedia source said that the deputy has a child in the United States who received American citizenship by birthright in the country.
According to Anatoly Dolgachev, head of the Communist Party faction in the Legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai, Kamenshchikov left the party of his own free will “immediately after his statements.” After the decision to leave the party, he was offered to give up his deputy mandate, the head of the faction continued, but Kamenshchikov did not do this. “The last thing to do is to flee to the USA, against whose imperialist policy the party opposes,” — Dolgachev emphasized in an interview with Kommersant.
On February 28, Kamenshchikov announced his withdrawal from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, he explained his decision by disagreeing with the party's support for the military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, he announced his readiness to refuse the mandate of the deputy, indicating that the decision on this issue should be made by the leadership of the party.
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Dolgachev then assured that if Kamenshchikov had not left the party on his own, he would have been expelled from it. He recalled that the Communist Party of the Russian Federation initiated a bill in the State Duma on the recognition of the LPR and the DPR, the party stands for the “liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people.” “Those who do not agree with this have no place in the ranks of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation,” — he concluded, assuring that the issue of depriving Kamenshchikov of his mandate has become a matter of principle for the party.