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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Candidacy Rules

MOSCOW -- Parliament's lower house passed a bill Wednesday aimed at keeping convicted criminals from gaining influence in parliamentary elections set for December.

The bill, which the State Duma endorsed in a 356-9 vote, requires candidates to fill out declarations of income and property holdings, as well as any previous criminal convictions.

Another new element allows parties and individual candidates to qualify for the race by posting a money deposit instead of signatures. The money will be returned if the candidate wins the seat.

The bill must now be endorsed by the upper house of parliament and signed by President Boris Yeltsin to become law.