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    NEW DUMA SPEAKER: LEGISLATIVE BASIS OF RUSSIA FORMED

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    MOSCOW, January 22, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - After the ten years of its activity the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation has succeeded in forming a legislative basis, that is, the legal relations, in accordance with which Russia lives today.

    Chairman of the Lower House Boris Gryzlov spoke about it on Thursday at the opening of the exhibition devoted to the 10th anniversary of the State Duma.

    The exhibition was arranged by the State Central Museum of Russia's Modern History and the State Duma's apparatus. Its more than 200 displays illustrate the activity of the State Duma of the eight convocations: four - in the period of the Russian Empire (1906-1917) and the other four - in the state's modern history.

    "Ten years are an insignificant period for history. But in the history of today's Russia the past ten years are a whole epoch," said Boris Gryzlov.

    He reminded the audience that the new parliament was formed in December 1993 after the adoption of the Constitution. "The State Duma's first session met on January 11, 1994," said Boris Gryzlov. Since that day the Duma had more than 700 sessions and passed over 1,800 federal and 26 constitutional laws." The newly elected State Duma also faces the task of renewing the Russian legislation," the House Chairman said.

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