New ethics code to groom Russian MPs: report

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Russian lawmakers and their aides will soon have to follow a new ethics code forbidding mini-skirts and indiscreet behaviour that may tarnish the image of parliament, a report said Friday.

The so-called Code of Ethics impacts everyone working in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, including deputies and their staff members, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said.

The code recommends a "business style marked by formality, restraint, tradition, and neatness", which might spell the end of mini-skirts and low-cut blouses for many parliamentary assistants, the paper quipped.

Duma workers will also have to minimise contact with journalists, directing all work-related questions to the press-service, though in a "polite" manner, the paper said.

And when speaking to each other, they will have to refrain from all "rudeness" and "arrogance", the guidelines prepared on the orders of the president's anti-corruption committee said.

The Russian Duma was infamous for loud arguments and even fist fights during its raucous sessions in the 1990s, although the chamber has now lost much of its spark, with many deputies failing to show up for regular session.

© 2011 AFP

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