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european MP Leonid Slutsky apologises for 'distress' to women

mr Slutsky, 50, Heads the influential committee on intercontinental affairs in the State Duma (the low chamber of parliament). He is a senior person in the Liberal Democratic party.

what are the allegations against him?Three female writers have publicly accused the MP of sexual harassment.

BBC Russian Service's Farida Rustamova is one.

She has an audio recording of the incident, Which taken place on 24 March 2017 last year. The BBC has the recording in its possession but has did not publish it.

Ms Rustamova went to Mr Slutsky's parliamentary office to get a comment about the then French presidential selection Marine Le Pen's visit to Russia.

During the transmission, Mr Slutsky unexpectedly changed the subject and asked if she want to leave the BBC to work for him.

After she waived, He complained that she wouldn't kiss him and was also heard implying that she could be his mistress.

She says he then touched her wrongly and when she objected he could be heard telling her: "i would not feel people up. better, fine, a bit of. 'Feel people up' is an ugly key phrase,

The BBC has asked Mr Slutsky to inquire into the incident but he has not responded.

Ms Rustamova joins two writers TV channel RTVI deputy editor Yekaterina Kotrikadze and TV Rain producer Daria Zhuk who have both, within the last few two weeks, falsely accused Mr Slutsky of sexual impropriety.

Sexual pestering in Russia

the closest Russia has to legislation covering sexual harassment is Article 133 of the Criminal Code on sexual coercion

Victim blaming is very strong in Russia; Even rape victims are almost always told they "Brought it upon their businesses"

Awareness is on the rise thanks to social media. In 2016 a campaign around a hashtag that converted as "I am not afraid to tell" Spread across Russian myspace. Women russian dating beauties and men of various age groups and backgrounds openly wrote about their encounters with sexual violence.

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