In the past few months there have been repeated attempts by individual members of parliament and regional politicians to take action against the Kremlin's war policy. In St. Petersburg, however, a group of deputies have gone further than any of their colleagues before them. City deputies of Smolninskoye district plan to submit an appeal to the State Duma in the coming days with a proposal to charge Russian President Vladimir Putin with treason. This was announced by Deputy Dmitry Palyuga.
On his social networks, Paljuga published the relevant document, which, according to him, was approved by the majority of city deputies present at the time of the vote.
"In our opinion, since the beginning of the special operation on the territory of Ukraine, the actions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin have shown signs of a crime described in Article 93 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation - high treason," the appeal reads . State Duma deputies have the authority to level such accusations against the President in order to impeach him.
The president's decision to attack Ukraine "endangers the security of Russia and its citizens," the appeal said. Since February 24 of this year, young Russian citizens would die or be made invalids.
"The NATO bloc is expanding further east," the MPs also state - although the President has repeatedly stated that such an approach would endanger the security of the country. "But due to the behavior of the president, Sweden and Norway are now joining NATO. As a result, the border between Russia and the NATO countries has doubled."
On another point too, Putin would achieve exactly the opposite of what he preaches. "One of the goals declared by the President of Russia is the demilitarization of Ukraine. But we see exactly the opposite. During the special operation, Ukraine received modern technology worth $38 billion."
"As part of his own rhetoric, Putin is damaging the security of the Russian Federation," Paljuga explained in an interview with the investigative Russian platform "The Insider", explaining the motives behind the appeal. "We want to show people that there are MPs who don't agree with the current course and believe that Putin is harming Russia. We want to show people that we're not afraid to talk about it."