Lawmaker Keeps Voting— From the Grave

Russian voted 'aye' 31 times yesterday, after his death
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2012 4:43 AM CST
Russian Lawmaker Keeps Voting While Dead
Members of the State Duma are seen during a session in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

A Russian lawmaker was so devoted to his job, even death couldn't stop him from doing it. Vyacheslav Osipov voted "aye" on 31 measures in parliament yesterday, the same day fellow legislators held a late-afternoon moment of silence for the newly deceased 75-year-old. The votes were made by proxy, which is allowable by Duma regulations, says a member of Osipov's United Russia party. It's questionable, however, whether those regulations still hold when the lawmaker is dead, the New York Times notes. Fellow lawmakers say they stopped voting on Osipov's behalf once they were made aware of his death. (More Russia stories.)

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