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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seleznyov Calls for Significant Budget Changes

State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov said Sunday the government's draft 1997 budget now being formulated will be dead on arrival in the lower chamber unless it significantly departs from the 1996 version.

Seleznyov, a Communist deputy, said the present budget is being fulfilled "very poorly," and said government officials had agreed that tax collection and budget expenditures were so far "unsatisfactory," Interfax reported from the Yakutia republic.

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin is due to report to the Duma on the state of the budget through the first quarter of the year Wednesday, Seleznyov said, according to the Interfax report.

Also Wednesday, the Communist Party is scheduled to unveil its economic program, which could be implemented instead of the government's draft budget if it wins the June presidential election.

Similar provisions in the 1997 budget would result in its rejection by the Duma, Seleznyov was quoted as saying.