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Members of the State Duma added in the first reading on Wednesday amendments to the constitutional law On the Government of the Russian Federation
Members of the State Duma, or Russian parliament’s lower house, added in the first reading on Wednesday amendments to the constitutional law On the Government of the Russian Federation. If passed, the amended law will ban members of the government to mention dollars and euros in public statements citing prices and other value figures. According to the amendment, “members of the Russian government do not have the right to express in foreign currencies in public speeches, including in the mass media, information about prices of goods, work, services, property, sums of deals, figures of budgets of all levels of the Russian budget system, state and municipal borrowing, state and municipal debts”. Speakers stressed at the State Duma sitting that the legislative measure needed to be passed in the light of the task of making the rouble convertible that was set by the Russian president. The deputy chief of the State Duma’s committee on constitutional legislation and state building, Alexander Moskalets, said that the “rouble is the national currency, and every Russian must be proud of it”. The lower house’s Deputy Vice Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky backed the ban, saying that statesmen of most countries mention only national currencies in their public speeches. At the same time, some in the opposition voiced doubt about the draft law. Thus members of the Communist faction said that such ban could complicate the life of the prime minister and members of the government in situations such as the comparative citing of national budgets or average wages of Russia and the US and in other cases
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