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A BBC journalist claimed that she was harassed by MP Leonid Slutsky. She wrote down his words to the recorder

Correspondent of the Russian service of the BBC, Farida Rustamova, spokeabout harassment by Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma’s international policy committee. According to her, she fixed a conversation with the deputy on the tape recorder, who suggested that she become his mistress, and then began to “dismiss his hands.”

Rustamova told the BBC that she was trying to discuss with Slutsky a visit to the State Duma of the French politician Marin le Pen. However, the deputy turned the conversation on another topic, asking: “Zaichutka, can you throw ***** [absolutely] BBC? I’ll take you somewhere. ” After refusing, he said: “No, you just run from me, do not want to kiss, I’m offended at you.”

The journalist replied to Slutsky that she has a young man and she plans to marry him. After that the head of the Duma committee suggested to her: “Excellent, you will be his wife, and my mistress.” Soon after that, Slutsky stopped talking with the words “Come on, a hare, there’ll be a mood, look, I missed you,” and, as Rustamova stated, she came up sharply to her and held “the inside of her palm up her pubis.”

Despite the fact that Rustamova after that was in shock, her dictaphone continued to record what was happening in the office of Slutsky. In particular, the deputy did not agree that he was behaving badly, and reminded the journalist about the previously sounded proposal.

Hare, if I told you something, I would be punished. I used your parish to emphasize interest in you again. Throw ***** [absolutely] the young man and look. The earlier you do it, the better.

Leonid Slutsky
head of the State Duma Committee on International Policy (extract from the recording of Farida Rustamova)

According to Rustamova, she left the office and “burst into tears,” and then went to the press room of the State Duma. One of the colleagues who caught her there confirmed to the BBC that the correspondent of the Russian service of the publication was “in very serious condition.” Within a year of the events described, Rustamova did not apply to the police because of the fact that “there is no law providing liability for sexual harassment” in Russia.

Earlier, Slutsky was also accused of harassing the producer of the television channel “Rain” Daria Zhuk and deputy head of the RTVi channel Ekaterina Kotrikadze . Yelena Krivyakina, a correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda, also told about harassment by some famous Duma deputy , but she did not name the offender.

Slutsky himself denies the accusations in his address, calling them “drowning” and “dousing.” He also calls “flattering” comparisons with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been repeatedly accused of harassment and rape.

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