The January 30 meeting of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, had barely started when Speaker Valentina Matviyenko declared it a closed session, ordering journalists out of the chamber and cutting the live television feed. Security officers began blocking the doors. One of the senators, a man by the name of Rauf Arashukov, got up from his seat and tried to flee, before being sternly told by the speaker to return to his place. Within minutes, the council unanimously granted a request by law enforcement officials to lift Arashukov’s parliamentary immunity a...
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