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    MOSCOW, February 13th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Viktoria Prikhodko) - The State Duma (lower house) decided to extend its work in Moscow for another week, till March 6th, at its plenary session on Friday.

    As many 404 deputies out of the required 226 approved the text of the regulation.

    Earlier, the lower house worked in accordance with the following schedule: three weeks - plenary sessions in Moscow, the work of factions, deputy groups, State Duma committees and commissions. The next week was to be devoted to the work with voters in the provinces, and then parliamentarians returned to Moscow.

    However, the working month in Moscow has become one week longer this time, five weeks. Earlier, the work in the regions was postponed as ordered by the Duma council, and today deputies have added another week to their active work in Moscow.

    According to chairman of the Duma Regulations and Organisation Committee Oleg Kovalev, the decision to extend the work in the capital was prompted by the fact that presidential elections are due on March 14 in Russia, and deputies will still be in the provinces. The work in the regions will take place on March 7-14 in accordance with the regulations adopted today.

    After the presidential elections, deputies will continue working on the same schedule, i.e. they will return to Moscow for three weeks to go to the provinces afterwards.

    Therefore, before the presidential elections, parliamentarians will work on February 2-March 6, and then go to polling stations for a week, and get back to work on March 15-31 in the capital.

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