Message of Solidarity with Comrade Vladimir Bessonov, a Member of the State Duma (Parliament) representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation
January 25, 2015
MR. SERGEI YEVGENYEVICH NARYSHKIN
Chairman of the State Duma (Parliament)
of the Russian Federation
MR. VLADIMIR A. VASYLIEV
Head of the ruling “United Russia” party
in the State Duma
NO TO TYRANNY ! NO TO POLITICAL DESPOTISM !
HANDS OFF DEPUTY-TO-THE-STATE-DUMA VLADIMIR BESSONOV !
We write to express to you our outrage that a communist Deputy to the State Duma (Member of Parliament), Comrade Vladimir Bessonov, is being subjected to a motion within the State Duma for court prosecution. We find it highly anomalous that the ruling “United Russia” party has initiated this motion over a case involving Comrade Bessonov’s street meeting with the electorate in December 2011, or more than three (3) years ago.
First of all, street meetings are always part of the democratic process, and are covered under any people’s right to peaceful assembly for redress of grievances. No special permission or consent from any authority is necessary in any civilized country for such exercise of the people’s basic civil and political rights. This should not be taken against anyone participating in such an assembly, and especially not against a Member of Parliament meeting with the electorate.
Secondly, a Member of Parliament in any civilized country is clothed with immunity from suit, especially so if the charge is political in nature and involves the exercise of his or her functions (including meetings with one’s constituency or electorate).
Thirdly, a basic principle in any civilized legal system is the procedural right of anyone to the speedy administration of justice. However, this motion to prosecute Comrade Bessonov comes over 3 years already since the incident being imputed to him had transpired. As no finding of any wrongdoing was made against Comrade Bessonov immediately after the December 2011 incident, there is no reason for the ruling “United Russia” party to now move for his prosecution.
Clearly, this motion initiated by the ruling “United Russia” party is a tyrannical attempt to silence Comrade Bessonov and to suppress the Communist Party of the Russian Federation which is the leading opposition to the crooks and thieves of the capitalist system to which Russia has degenerated.
Based on the foregoing, we demand : NO TO TYRANNY ! NO TO POLITICAL DESPOTISM ! HANDS OFF COMRADE VLADIMIR BESSONOV !
ATTY. ANTONIO E. PARIS
General Secretary, PKP-1930
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Communist Party of the Russian Federation