A Russian official who demanded that President Vladimir Putin end the war against Ukraine was branded a traitor, escorted out of a high-level meeting and denied the right to vote, according to local media reports.
"We understand that if our country does not stop the military operation, there will be even more orphans in our country," said Vasyukevich.
"During the military operation, young people who could bring great benefit to our country die and become disabled.".
The incident, which has been described as a "provocation" by Russian state-run media, reportedly prompted a backlash from the region's governor, Oleg Kozhemyako, who called the official a "traitor.".
In response, the governor accused Vasyukevich of "defaming the Russian army and our defenders who are in the fight against Nazism.".
The region's legislative assembly then escorted Vasyukevich and his colleague, Gennady Shulga, from the meeting.
They were both denied the right to vote at the session, reported independent Russian language news outlet MediaZona. »