Russian opposition politician arrested over ‘acts of a sexual nature’ towards youngster

A Russian communist politician has been detained by regulation enforcement within the Far Eastern metropolis of Vladivostok on suspicion of intercourse crimes towards an individual beneath the age of 14, in a case he has described as politically motivated.

On Wednesday, the regional investigative committee launched particulars of the detainment, with out explicitly naming the suspect. However, newspapers have since reported that it’s Artem Samsonov, a deputy of the Primorye regional legislature and chief of the Communist Party of Vladivostok. His lawyer has additionally confirmed his identification.

Investigators suspect the native politician of committing “other actions of a sexual nature against a person under 14 years of age,” which carries a jail time period of between 12 and 20 years. The authorities consider Samsonov confirmed an 11-year-old youngster an “object of intimate nature” whereas at a recreation heart. Communist Party member Elena Ponomareva later described this as a dildo. He additionally allegedly instructed the kid the aim of the intercourse toy.

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According to experiences, when he was taken out of his residence by the police, he instructed individuals watching that the case was “far-fetched” and “three years old.” He additionally claimed the investigation was politically motivated and linked it to the upcoming elections to the Vladivostok City Duma, resulting from happen subsequent yr.

Speaking to information company Interfax, his lawyer Natalia Kasilova defined that Samsonov is now on a “hunger strike against the charges brought against him.”

Samsonov is the second Communist politician to have issues with the regulation in November. Earlier this month, the prosecutor common requested the State Duma to strip MP Valery Rashkin of his parliamentary immunity after he confessed to illegally looking a moose.

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