Prosecutors in Russia say they will not open a criminal case against an opposition lawmaker who was ousted from the State Duma.
Gennady Gudkov, a member of the center-left party, A Just Russia, was expelled from parliament in September for allegedly managing a business while serving in the State Duma.
That's technically forbidden by Russian law.
But in an official letter published on November 1 in the "Nezavisimaya gazeta" daily, Deputy Prosecutor-General Viktor Grin confirmed that investigators had conducted a preliminary probe and found no basis for opening a criminal case.
Gudkov, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says he was removed from the Duma as a result of his political stance and has denied any commercial dealings.
Based on reporting by "Nezavisimaya gazeta," Vesti.ru, News.ru, and ITAR-TASS