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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Body Will Probe Oct. 3-4

Parliament on Wednesday appointed a committee to investigate last fall's bloody showdown between President Boris Yeltsin and the former legislature, a move that promises renewed clashes with the president.


The State Duma shied away from such an action in January to avoid a new rift with Yeltsin and on Wednesday surprised skeptics by appointing only a few opposition leaders to the committee and rejecting an assertive statement on its powers.


The State Duma gave preliminary approval to the election of 11 deputies, one each from most of the parliament's factions. Even the largest opposition factions, the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Agrarian Party, got only one member each.


Stanislav Govoryukhin, Democratic Party member and director of a documentary attacking the army for using force against the parliament, is the only committee member widely associated with the October violence.


This is unlikely to placate the government, however. When presidential aide Nikolai Medvedev heard of the plans for a parliamentary investigation last week, he said that the Duma's deputies "have gone completely out of their minds."


Gleb Yakunin, a deputy for the pro-government Russia's Choice faction, said in an interview that the Duma, unlike its predecessor the Supreme Soviet, lacked the right to set up committees with judicial, rather than legislative, tasks.