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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senators Will Have to Live 10 Years in Regions

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in a third reading a bill requiring senators to have lived 10 years in the regions they represent in order to serve in the Federation Council.

The bill was passed by 338-77, with opposition coming primarily from the Communist and Liberal Democratic parties. Senators will consider the bill later this month, a Federation Council spokeswoman said. If approved there, it will then be sent to President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law.

The bill would not affect the status of acting senators. It would also exempt senators whose professions require them to move a lot, including soldiers, Interior Ministry officers and prosecutors. Such individuals, however, will be required to serve at least 10 years in their respective field.

The amendment was proposed in April by Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, who argued that senators should truly represent their regions.

The Federation Council comprises two representatives for each of Russia's 85 regions. One is chosen by the regional leader and the other by the regional legislature. Both serve four-year terms.

There are currently 178 senators because representatives of some regions are serving out their terms despite the fact that their regions have been merged with others.