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Russian parliament considers request for legal actions against opposition lawmaker

FILE - In this Oct.  22, 2012 file photo, opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev speaks to the press and supporters as they gather outside the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow to protest against the arrest of opposition activists. Russian State Duma (parliament) Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday, March 26, 2015 the parliament received a request from Russian prosecutors to strip Ponomarev of immunity, paving the way for legal proceedings. Naryshkin said Ponomarev is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a state-funded technological foundation. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev speaks to the press and supporters as they gather outside the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow to protest against the arrest of opposition activists. Russian State Duma (parliament) Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday, March 26, 2015 the parliament received a request from Russian prosecutors to strip Ponomarev of immunity, paving the way for legal proceedings. Naryshkin said Ponomarev is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a state-funded technological foundation. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Russian parliament is to consider a prosecutors' request to proceed with legal actions against the lone lawmaker who voted against the annexation of Crimea and is suspected of embezzlement.

State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday the parliament received a request from Russian prosecutors to strip Ilya Ponomarev of immunity, paving the way for legal proceedings. Naryshkin said Ponomarev is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a state-funded technological foundation. The motion to strip him of immunity is to be considered on April 6.

Ponomarev is one of the few remaining opposition deputies at the State Duma. He is currently in the United States but vows to return to Russia in May.