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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Weapons Bill

MOSCOW -- After a third reading Wednesday, the State Duma passed a bill "On the creation, maintenance, dismantlement and safe storage of nuclear weapons" and sent it to the Federation Council, the parliament's upper house, for debate.

The legislation holds that nuclear arms and their sites as well as the components of nuclear warheads are exclusively federal property, as are nuclear weapons produced in Russia but kept outside the country.

The right to endorse models of nuclear weapons or dismantle them, according to the legislation, is vested with the president "or with the Russian government, if authorized by the president."

Regulating the powers of the Russian president, the government and the regional authorities in nuclear arms, the bill holds the executive branch responsible for guaranteeing national defense. It also empowers state bodies, "specially authorized by the Russian president" to monitor nuclear weapons' safety.