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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Drops Lawsuit

MOSCOW -- Parliamentary leaders Friday dropped threats to sue Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov after he assured them that shortages of paper, soap and heating in the legislature would soon end.

On Thursday, the State Duma lower house pledged to consider taking the liberal Zadornov to court over the shortages, which appeared after a deep, nationwide economic crisis hit state coffers and racked up the Duma's debts to suppliers.

"There was no money because the Duma came back from vacation a month early. This question is being solved now," Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov told reporters after a meeting with Zadornov and other party leaders.