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    STATE DUMA TO TEST BILLS FOR CORRUPTION

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    MOSCOW, February 19, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) is expected to set up a body, within the next two weeks, that will be studying bills from an anti-corruption perspective, Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said after a Duma Council meeting on Thursday.

    Mr Gryzlov said he had made relative instructions and arrangements were being made establish the body, which would involve 4 MPs. Moreover, MPs are going to engage highly skilled lawyers in the effort.

    Mr Gryzlov said the Duma had not as of yet set up an anti-corruption commission, which had been active in the previous Duma. However, deputies are already advancing relative proposals.

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