Russian State Duma speaker confirms readiness to meet PACE president
Oct22

Russian State Duma speaker confirms readiness to meet PACE president

Speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Vyacheslav Volodin has confirmed his readiness to meet with President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Pedro Agramunt to discuss development of inter-parliamentary relations. “Answering the PACE President’s request for a personal meeting, Vyacheslav Volodin confirmed his readiness to hold such a meeting and continue discussion of the...

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State Duma approves amendments to 2016 year budget in first reading
Oct21

State Duma approves amendments to 2016 year budget in first reading

The State Duma approved amendments to 2016 in the first reading at its plenary session on Friday. Amendments provide for budget deficit outlook downside to 3.7% of GDP. The Finance Ministry forecasts the deficit will grow from 2.3 trillion rubles ($36.9 bln) to 3 trillion rubles ($48.1 bln). Amendments also upgraded the GDP estimate for this year from 78.7 trillion rubles ($1.3 trillion) to 82.8 trillion rubles ($1.33 trillion)....

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Russia’s State Duma suspends plutonium agreement with US
Oct19

Russia’s State Duma suspends plutonium agreement with US

Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, passed a law on Wednesday on suspending the Russian-US deal on the disposal of plutonium and the respected protocols. The measure was approved almost unanimously: a total of 445 MPs voted in favor of suspending the agreement, and one abstained. Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the draft law on suspending the agreement between Russia and the United States on plutonium...

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Russian government submits amendments to federal budget to State Duma
Oct11

Russian government submits amendments to federal budget to State Duma

The Russian government has submitted draft amendments for the 2016 federal budget to the State Duma. According to the government website, the draft law proposes to adjust the main characteristics of the budget for the current year, taking into account expected assessment of the socio-economic development of Russia and budget implementation in 2016. Thus, according to the draft document, budget deficit this year will increase by 674.2...

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State Duma factions strike “package agreement” on committee heads’ posts
Sep27

State Duma factions strike “package agreement” on committee heads’ posts

Representatives of the four factions of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, on Monday struck an informal “package agreement”, which envisions parity distribution of committee heads’ posts in the 7th Duma. The number of committees fell from 30 to 26: the participants of talks agreed that the number of committees should be optimized. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) finally achieved chairmanship of one...

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