Brawl Breaks Out in Ukranian Parliament

Politics can often lead to some heated debates.

Vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Adam Martynyuk, on the right, throttles deputy Oleg Lyashko during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. According to reports, Lyashko had just asked Martynyuk to let him make a speech, which Martinyuk refused to do on procedural grounds. Lyashko then apparently called his interlocutor a Pharisee, at which point it was on.

It's unclear why Lyashko would call Martinyuk a Pharisee. Did he mean the second century BCE Jewish school of thought, or the group that the New Testament recounts as conflicting with John the Babtist? Either way, this isn't the first time a fight has broken out in the Verkhovna Rada -- the last serious clash occurred in December 2010 and left five people injured.


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