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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Deputy From Siberia

People's Deputy Valentin Redkin spends his few free moments outside the Congress trying to keep up by phone with things at work, five time zones east of Moscow.


Redkin, 55, heads a department at a construction firm in the Siberian city of Cheremukhovo.


Saddled with cries from over 100, 000 constituents and factory colleagues to find a solution to plummeting wages and a thinning social network, he is one of many legislators at the Seventh Congress


who are calling for a new government.


"I am for reforms", he said, after a speech by acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar. "But reforms should not be an experiment".


A member of Russian Unity, a hardline parliamentary faction. Redkin said he would have liked to hear "something more constructive" from Gaidar.


"We have all the problems at home", he said. "Paying salaries, finding food. Reforms should not be so painful".