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10 Jan, 2007 01:55

Russian Duma faces host of issues

Russian Duma faces host of issues

Russia’s State Duma is opening its spring session, which will be the last before parliamentary elections. People’s representatives have a number of important issues on their agenda.

The deputies are expected to vote to reduce the number of privileges lawmakers have at the moment, including special license plates which fast-track them through the traffic on Russia's busy roads.

The Duma is also expected to ask the new U.S. Congress for closer co-operation.

On top of that, they'll also be considering moving the Constitutional Court from Moscow to Saint Petersburg and work on encouraging the U.S. to remove the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which is one of the main obstacles to Russia's membership of the World Trade Organisation.