The state Duma of the seventh convocation has no plans to hold this year’s traditional Christmas party in the boardroom with the speeches of the deputies. It is reported by RBC with reference to three sources in the office of the lower house of the Russian Parliament.
According to interlocutors of Agency, the decision to abandon traditional celebrations took the speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. The parliamentarians say that they support this decision. “In a crisis that seems logical,” – said the Deputy-spravedlivoross Oleg Shein. Despite the fact that previous new year parties in the Duma took place at the expense of MPs and “very modest”, amid deteriorating economic situation of the voters can be thought that the deputies “zhiruyut”, said the Deputy from LDPR Yaroslav Nilov.
We will remind that last year deputies, despite the crisis, still had a Christmas skit, passing him five thousand rubles. The event was held in the plenary hall with the participation of famous artists – Lev Leschenko and Oleg Gazmanov. It was noted that pop stars performed for free – out of respect. Also, MPs were told that because of the crisis in the menu it was decided to abandon red, black caviar and expensive alcohol. Alternative to steel tartlets, fruit and Crimean champagne.
However, the new boss of the Duma seeks to draw a demarcation line between himself and his predecessors in order to get rid of any remnants of the image, they can stick, says political analyst Ekaterina Shulman. “The new leadership wants the Duma was a significant authority, not a source of funny news: on new year corporate members or sang or danced, the video from these frames was spread on social networks, regularly turned out some sort of disgrace,” she notes.
“Now there is a desire to demonstrate that the deputies work hard and seriously, do not miss a single meeting, sitting for many hours in the plenary hall, and even the New year not having fun, and think only about the law,” – said the analyst.
Elections to the state Duma of the seventh convocation were held in a single voting day September 18, 2016. Its speaker was elected Vyacheslav Volodin. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, addressing to the new Duma, warned the deputies about the upcoming responsible work and expressed the hope to improve the quality of the legislative process.
One of the first decisions of the new Duma was the change in her schedule, including with the aim of increasing turnout of members. In particular, October 21, the state Duma adopted amendments to its rules that deny MPs the opportunity to vote instead of their colleagues in the proxy in connection with absence at the meeting of the lower house, its Committee or Commission. These amendments were prepared by the Duma United Russia with the filing of the newly-minted speaker of the lower chamber Vyacheslav Volodin. According to political analysts, this was done with the purpose of increase of authority of the state Duma, wrote “Vedomosti”.
After the election of the new Duma, it was reported that the purchase of furniture for her will cost the budget 160 million 598 thousand rubles. Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin also made a decision on the allocation of 10 million rubles a year to the four parliamentary parties for the examination of bills. The MPs regained the right to use VIP Lounges in airports at the expense of the state, taken from them in 2014. It spends about 100 million rubles, transferred “Interfax”.