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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma to Vote on Kremlin's Proposals

The Kremlin submitted proposals to the State Duma intended to impose the Kremlin's control on the regions Friday.

In a letter accompanying the bills, Putin asked deputies to approve them quickly, and Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov told reporters the lower house might hold the first reading next week.

Putin's letter said the new laws would reinforce "the unity of state power" and help develop the "genuine constitutional principles of federalism."

One of the bills changes the way parliament's upper house, the Federation Council, is chosen. Governors and local legislature bosses who now sit there would be replaced by their own appointees, approved by the legislature.

Putin said he wanted this law to be adopted by February so the new house could be formed no later than April.

Another bill gives Putin broad power to dismiss governors and gives the same powers to governors to dismiss local administration heads, increasing central control over officials outside Moscow.