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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Federation Council Approves Soviet-era Anthem

Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a law adopting the melody of the Soviet anthem as Russia's national hymn.

The Federation Council passed the law with 144 votes in favor, one against, and two abstentions, according to the council's press service.

The law had already passed the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, Dec. 8. It will now be sent to President Vladimir Putin for signature before the new year.

Regional governors who serve in the Federation Council stood respectfully as the anthem was played in the chamber after the vote. New lyrics to replace the anthem's one-time praise for Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin and dictator Josef Stalin have yet to be adopted.

The governors also formally approved the country's current flag of red, blue and white stripes, the state symbol of a two-headed eagle, and a red banner for use in the army. The symbols were put forward by Putin as a compromise using both Communist and Czarist-era elements from the nation's history.