Two regional Russian lawmakers were marked as traitors after they condemned the invasion of Ukraine and called on Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops.

During a legislative session of the Primorsky Krai in far-eastern Russia, member of the Communist Party Leonid Vasyukevich shocked the assembly after he began to read out an appeal addressed to the Russian president demanding the immediate withdrawal of military forces in Ukraine.

Reports say that Vasyukevich’s microphone was almost immediately cut off, but journalists present during the assembly were able to make out his statement.