Unruly Russian Lawmakers Scolded
Parliament’s pistol-packing lawmakers came in for a scolding Friday for their late hours and wild ways.
Speaker Ivan Rybkin lectured members of the Duma, the lower house, about facing an election on Dec. 17.
“Deputies should stop boasting about their weapons,” he said. “Weapons shouldn’t be allowed inside the Duma building.”
The dressing down was provoked by complaints that a security officer had struck a parliamentary candidate.
Rybkin said the man was hurt during a party in the canteen so wild that deputies kicked out the glass doors.