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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Deputies Face Final Stack of 60 Bills

State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov has said the legislature still has 60 bills to consider by the end of the week, when it will close up shop ahead of the Dec. 2 elections to pick a new legislature.

As a first step, the Duma passed a bill Tuesday creating a state super corporation that will control both the military and civil sectors of the country's nuclear industry.

Gryzlov said he would like to see all of the pieces of legislation voted on in a third and final reading by the current Duma's last session on Friday, Interfax reported.

The most important bills still to be considered are a budgetary measure to cover 2008 pension expenditures and one dealing with physical fitness and culture, said Oleg Kovalyov, chairman of the Duma Management Committee and a deputy with United Russia party.

Neither of the bills has yet to be considered in a second reading.

"Those bills which are not yet ready will be considered by the next Duma, in January," Kovalyov said.

Legislation linked to preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be another subject for consideration in the time remaining.

Looking back, Kovalyov said he was pleased with the work of the current Duma, but that the next Duma would still have its work cut out for it.

"We managed to direct the economic development of the country, but there is still a lot of work to do," Kovalyov said. "People are very displeased with the standard of living, and the next Duma will work more in this direction: to improve people's economic situation."

The legislation passed by the Duma on Tuesday will see the creation of a single, state-controlled corporation to manage tightly all aspects of the country's nuclear industry.

Unlike the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, which has an oversight function, the new entity will actually own the civilian and military assets that produce nuclear weapons, fuel and electricity.

"People criticize us, saying that we have created large state monopolies, but this was a necessary move to introduce some order into the economy," Kovalyov said. "We had to be able to compete at the international level."

Kovalyov said the next Duma could pass legislation allowing some parts or all of state-owned monopolies to be reprivatized but stressed that the process would be better regulated and "more human" than the privatizations of the 1990s, where state-owned assets were sold off at a fraction of their real value.

The next Duma, he said, would also work on correcting laws that have not functioned as intended and on passing others "to influence further the country's economy."