Leonid Vasyukevich was branded a “traitor” by the Kremlin after appealing to Putin to bring his troops home from the war or risk creating “more Russian orphans”.
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A veteran lawmaker appealed directly to Vladimir Putin to bring his troops home or risk creating “more orphans,” a sign that the tide may be turning against the Russian president.
Such a scene at a regional gathering was previously unthinkable, when 69-year-old MP Leonid Vasyukevich was caught on camera blowing up the deployment of Moscow’s soldiers in Ukraine.
The veteran local MP resisted attempts to gag him and told lawmakers in the Primorsky Krai that he and his fellow lawmakers were making an appeal to the Russian president.
Putin’s supporters have branded him a “traitor” and he now faces legal action for dishonoring the Russian army.
“We support measures to help families of soldiers killed during the special military operation,” Vasyukevich told the regional legislature in Vladivostok, Russia’s Pacific capital.
“We understand that if our country does not stop the special military operation, there will be more orphans.
“Young men die and are maimed during surgery when they could have benefited our country.”
Three months had passed since the beginning of the war, “and it is clearly impossible to achieve success by military means,” he said.
If Putin continues like this, “it will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of soldiers killed and wounded”.
“We demand the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine…” he continued.
During his bold speech, loyalist speaker of parliament Alexander Rolik tried to stem his outburst.
“I warn you… you are abusing the agenda,” he was told.
“You are violating orders to speak without permission.”
His blast has sparked unrest with his own party and the regional governor, who wanted to censure him amid tight controls on any public dissent about the war.
Anatoly Dolgachev, head of his faction, told Vasyukevich: “With such a statement you slander the honor of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.”
Governor Oleg Kozhemyako accused him and his supporters of defaming the Russian army and demanded that he be removed from the assembly.
“These actions discredit the Russian army and our defenders fighting against Nazism. A traitor,” stormed the angry governor.
Another pro-war deputy, Gennady Shulga, demanded that Vasyukevich should be heard and not abused. But other MPs voted to deny the couple the right to vote.
Vasyukevich is the grandson of Finnish-born explorer and whaler Fridolf Heck, who died in Vladivostok in 1904.
There are increasing signs of a backlash against the war in Russia.
Rock concerts have become the scene of protests against the conflict in Ukraine.
As many as 16 military recruiting offices have been hit with Molotov cocktails, despite offers to speed up conscription into the army through conscription.
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