Dead Russian Parliament Member Votes 31 Times

Usually, the dead only vote to get people into office. In this case, one Russian politician – though deceased – just kept on voting.

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A general view of the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in seen in session in Moscow on July 10, 2012.

Vyacheslav Osipov, a lawmaker with the United Russia party, cast 31 votes on several initiatives Wednesday afternoon in Russia’s lower house of Parliament despite being conspicuously absent. And perhaps a little bit deceased as well. Osipov was reportedly 75.

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The New York Times reports that Osipov, who had been ill for quite some time, had assigned other colleagues to vote on his behalf. Absentee voting, while fairly common, is not as common as voting on behalf of the deceased —it’s unclear as to when exactly Osipov actually died — and it’s unclear whether United Russia party members violated any laws.

Once it became publicly known that Osipov had passed, his voter card was removed from the Duma’s system in the late afternoon. Members ceased voting in Osipov’s stead once news of his death was announced. A moment of silence was held later briefly in his memory.

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The United Russia party is the largest political party in the country and holds a vast number of seats in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s legislature. The Times reports that Osipov’s vote, though recorded far and wide throughout the day, did not seem to affect the outcome of any measures passed.

32 comments
LibertyLynx
LibertyLynx

. @manic_mechanic1 And we are quickly becoming Russia ;-) @SandraHartle

Moon37722
Moon37722

@TIME Finally... Proof positive of life-after-death!

heliodore83
heliodore83

@TIME may be we are dreaming or watching a funny film!

KarenannEsq
KarenannEsq

@SaloumehZ @richryan55 @TIMENewsFeed We probably invited him here to vote a few times for Obama back in Nov.

leopalis
leopalis

@SaloumehZ lmao! Reminds me so much of chavez dead voters. Venezuela is a tropical Russia ;)

Gamer80Klein
Gamer80Klein

@SaloumehZ @richryan55 @TIMENewsFeed Good for him, too bad US politicians can't show that kind of work ethic #DebtCliff #Inspiring

mrjoco69
mrjoco69

@TIME Wow what a miracle, never believed before that resurrection was a fact, might reconsider.

AlbaProgni
AlbaProgni

@TIME I didn't even know that others can vote on your behalf in Russia. Is that "normal"?

hollywoodcurry
hollywoodcurry

@TIME in India dead men & women votes all the time in general election ;)

Briruc
Briruc

Post-mortem proxy vote, only in Russia! RT @TIME Dead Russian Parliament members votes 31 times. Wait, what? | http://t.co/fo6PUNSy

sanchoaxelrod
sanchoaxelrod

@TIME @gop @SpeakerBoehner @whitehouse The @gop really needs to get on this....

LukitoHP
LukitoHP

In US you got the walking dead, in russia you got the voting dead @TIME Dead Russian Parliament members votes 31 times http://t.co/38yut62V

WaynePDD
WaynePDD

@TIME must be from Chicago

CoachforPOTUS
CoachforPOTUS

@TIME @timenewsfeed You describe what happened in the Illinois Senate some years back where one member would usually vote present.

iamuhammad
iamuhammad

@TIME 'conman to congressman' eddie murphy told us it happens in the USA too lol. So much for 'DEMOCRAZY'!!!☹

TooFred
TooFred

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed Who knew there was a Chicago in Russia, too?

jmmartinc
jmmartinc

@time @timenewsfeed shame on them!

setinmywaysblog
setinmywaysblog

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed dedication at its finest - voting from the grave!

adam_preston
adam_preston

. @TIME @TIMENewsFeed Wow that's dedication for you. Puts us all to shame with our terrible elections turnout.

demosho_s
demosho_s

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed definately amazing

Jerrrry
Jerrrry

Member of the Russian Tea Party. Tea Party members are dead, but they don't realize it.  

bigdaddysdaddy
bigdaddysdaddy

@LibertyLynx That's supposedly with the American people want

thomasjpirrie
thomasjpirrie

@LibertyLynx @manic_mechanic1 @sandrahartle I miss Reagan