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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3rd Budget Reading

MOSCOW -- Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, will give the 1998 draft budget its third reading Wednesday, deputy Duma Speaker Artur Chilingarov said Tuesday.

The budget committee had earlier decided the budget was ready for the chamber to debate and that a number of problems had now been sorted out.

All the major parameters of the budget were approved during two first readings late last year. If the deputies approve the document in its third reading Wednesday, its fourth and final reading could take place next week.