Putin ‘learns’ about the #MeToo allegations against a top lawmaker, just as Navalny's group releases new corruption evidence
After the call-in show ended, a journalist from the magazine RBC asked Putin about the sexual harassment allegations against State Duma deputyLeonid Slutsky. The president claimed not to know about the charges, though he also said he “has his own opinion about this issue,” alluding to the “Me Too” movement “in some Western countries and in Hollywood” that has addressed incidents from decades ago. Putin said these allegations should be addressed to the courts and officials in law enforcement.
In March, three journalists openly accused Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee, of inappropriate sexual advances. The State Duma's Ethics Committee later heard testimony from two of these women, but it decided to absolve Slutsky of any wrongdoing. To protest the ruling, several media outlets withdrew their parliamentary correspondents from the Duma or refused to cover any legislative activity by Slutsky. In retaliation, the government revoked these outlets' parliamentary accreditation.