In Death and the Penguin, Viktor interviews the State Duma Deputy Aleksandr Yakornitsky. (He is also referred to simply as a "State Deputy").
I'm aware that the State Duma is the lower chamber of the Russian Legislature. However, what is a "deputy" in this context? I'm hoping that I'm not missing something obvious, but I'm slightly confused as to what the individual's exact position is in the government, especially given that the novel is set in Ukraine rather than Russia.
Can someone clarify?
Edit: It's later stated that all of Viktor's subjects up to that point, including the politician, had been from Kyiv. Why was that particular individual part of the Russian legislature?