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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Compromise Reached on Reform

A top official said Monday that the Russian government has reached an agreement with the powerful industrial lobby on a plan for reform, consolidating its position with a key parliamentary session only a week away.


First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Shumeiko, visiting the city of Krasnodar, said the government had completed a program of anti-crisis measures on Sunday that included proposals from Civic Union, Interfax reported.


If implemented, the agreement would help President Boris Yeltsin ward off attacks from the legislature, which largely opposes the radical reform program he has followed until now.


Civic Union, a powerful centrist bloc, claims to control 40 percent of the legislature's votes.


The terms of the agreement and the concessions that Yeltsin had made to Civic Union were not immediately clear.