Mr. Rybkin himself requested the Central Election Commission permission to participate in the London-Moscow teleconference.
Alexander Veshnyakov, head of the Commission, reminded Mr. Rybkin of the fact that the Law stipulates "physical, but not virtual presence. This provision must be understood literally".
According to Mr. Vishnyakov, there are only two exceptions to this provision-disease or performance of official duties. "But we didn't have any information about Mr. Rybkin's disease", said Mr. Veshnyakov. - 0 - (MAN/SM)