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Adam Martynyuk Attacks Ukraine Parliamentarian (VIDEO)


First Posted: 05/20/11 07:17 PM ET Updated: 07/20/11 06:12 AM ET

Vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Adam Martynyuk took matters into his own hands during a recent debate when he throttled a deputy legislator.

The fisticuffs began when Martynyuk refused to allow politician Oleg Lyashko to make a speech that he had not signed up for "in accordance with regulations," according to the Kyiv Post. Lyashko responded by calling the senior statesman a "Pharisee." The insult, which refers to an ancient religious sect but is commonly used to refer to a self-righteous person, sent Martynyuk lunging for his fellow politician, grabbing him by the neck and pushing him to the ground. You can watch the brawl below:

And this isn't the first time in recent memory that the Ukrainian parliament has been the scene of physical violence.

Watch video of that brawl via the Guardian here:

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