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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Calls For State TV Control

Russia's hard-line lawmakers like giving fiery speeches. They just don't want everybody watching.

Offended by extensive coverage of their heated sessions, legislators in the Communist-dominated parliament asked President Boris Yeltsin on Friday to bring state television under full government control.

That way, they insisted in a resolution, it could contribute to "social accord."

The state currently owns 51 percent of Russian Public Television, ORT. The second most-watched station, Russian Television, RTR, already is 100 percent state-owned.

But the lawmakers attacked it, too.

The national TV stations "intentionally or unintentionally enhance social tensions," the lawmakers said in a resolution they passed on a 233-54 vote.

The two stations, the resolution said, "give the public the idea that the parliament of Russia is not carrying out its duties and the members of the Duma mainly think only about their own interests, thus questioning the necessity of having a parliament in Russia."

Yeltsin is unlikely to act on the nonbinding resolution.