7 Aug 2019 17:17

State Duma security committee to ask enforcement services for info about foreign interference in Russian elections

MOSCOW. Aug 7 (Interfax) - The State Duma Security and Anti-corruption Committee will send requests for information about foreign interference with Russian elections to law enforcement agencies and oversight organizations, committee head Vasily Piskaryov said.

"Law enforcement agencies have started their investigation and the [parliamentary] committee will, for its part, ask the Russian Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor General's Office and other state agencies to provide all relevant information," Piskaryov told reporters on Wednesday.

Piskaryov went on to speak in support of the initiative earlier forwarded by leaders of State Duma factions "to look into the detail of who might be behind the mass riots in Moscow and the attempts to use the riots to influence from the outside the course of electoral campaign in our country."

Leaders of the parliamentary factions of the Communist Party, Liberal Democratic Party, and A Just Russia party - Gennady Zyuganov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Sergei Mironov - earlier came up with the proposal to hold a parliamentary inquiry into a foreign interference with Russian elections.

The upcoming Duma Council meeting scheduled for August 19 will be dedicated to the subject, first deputy leader of the United Russia faction Andrei Isayev said.