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    MOSCOW, February 6, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Marina Balynina) - The Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of parliament, may advance an initiative to earmark more funds in the 2004 budget on pre-emptive measures against terrorist acts, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said in a RIA Novosti interview on Friday.

    In 2002, the Federation Council proposed to boost budgetary allocations to law-enforcement agencies by 3 billion rubles in 2003, recalled Mr Mironov. The upper house advanced this proposal after the hostage siege in a Moscow theatre.

    "I held a conference with my deputies this morning and said that the prevention of terrorist acts was the foremost objective at the moment. There must be adequate resources and well-trained personnel outfitted with most recent equipment to deal with the problem," said Mr Mironov.

    Mr Mironov said he was absent from the Central Election Commission, which considered registering him as a presidential candidate, as he convened a conference in the wake of the subway blast.

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