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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mironov Pens Bill Raising Petersburg's Status

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov is co-authoring a bill that would give St. Petersburg a similar status to Moscow in its right to claim funds from the federal budget.

"The city should receive subsidies for fulfilling the role of a representative [of Russia]," Mironov said Wednesday, RIA-Novosti reported.

St. Petersburg, which hosts a variety of international and interstate organizations, including the Interparliamentary Assembly of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, says it needs a federal bill entitling it to compensation from the federal budget. "The city pays for all these federal initiatives from its own budget," Mironov's spokeswoman Lyubov Fomicheva said in a telephone interview Thursday.

St. Petersburg City Hall could not immediately provide figures.

The bill's authors are Mironov, a St. Petersburg native, and St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev.

However, the State Duma will probably not take up the bill soon. "Such a bill is not on the Duma's agenda for the [spring] session," a Duma official said.

Though Mironov wants the government to help cover St. Petersburg's expenses, he is against shifting any federal agencies to the city, Fomicheva said. "He believes that the power bodies should be concentrated in one place to allow the state to function normally."

President Vladimir Putin, also a St. Petersburg native, said Dec. 24 that he favors moving some federal agencies but ruled out "revolutionary" steps such as making the city the capital.