State Duma deputy Yevgeny Marchenko was expelled from United Russia and recommended to be expelled from the Duma faction. About it it says in the decision of the presidium of the general council of the party.
To exclude Marchenko was recommended by the Ethics Commission of “United Russia” due to the fact that he was the only one from the faction who voted against the adoption of the budget for the next three years.
Marchenko said earlier that he voted against, because he could not ask Finance Minister Anton Siluanov a question about the construction of a high-tech pediatrics center at the Pediatric University in St. Petersburg. According to him, the university leadership has been seeking allocation of funds from the budget for four years and is asking him for assistance. University Rector Dmitry Ivanov confirmed “Kommersant”, that he turned to Marchenko with this question, and explained that the clinic needs a new building, since the current one was built in 1905.
Meanwhile, the first deputy head of the United Russia faction Vyacheslav Makarov at a meeting of the ethics committee statedthat he contacted the rector of the university Dmitry Ivanov and he allegedly said that he had not communicated with Marchenko about the construction of a pediatric center.
Marchenko himself, in a conversation with The insider, was outraged that the party was putting pressure on Ivanov. “I am outraged that they took the director of the pediatric university Ivanov Dmitry Olegovich, they pushed them through now, and he refuses his words that he addressed me. The day before yesterday I docked it with the journalist of the newspaper “Kommersant” Maria, she wrote an article about this situation. She called Ivanov and interviewed him, where he confirmed that he had contacted me, that the issue had not been resolved for four years. The article contains all this. Now he was intimidated and the man is already reneging on his words. They are already going, let’s say, for everything, just to prove their case. They even put pressure on the respected doctor, ”Marchenko said.
Marchenko considers the decision to expel him from the party unfair and intends to continue working as a single-mandate deputy. “I think the decision is unfair. They overdo it with punishment. I have no grudge against anyone, I will work as a non-partisan one-mandate. I will try to build new relations with the faction taking into account these newly discovered circumstances, ”the deputy said.