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    DUMA APPROVES YEAR'S ESTIMATES

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 5, RIA NOVOSTI - Today's plenary session of the State Duma approved the lower parliamentary house's resolution on house expenditure estimates for this year.

    A total 3,789,900,000 roubles (roughly US$130 mn) has been earmarked for Duma upkeep, as against last year's 2,511,900,000 roubles, said Alexander Lotorev, house chief of staff, as introducing the draft resolution to the gathering.

    Duma estimates have never before included expert research of legislative efforts, he pointed out.

    83 Duma staff jobs have been found redundant, and respective personnel cuts are forthcoming thus to reduce Duma expenditures. The number of MPs' overseas trips and of committee sessions outside Moscow will reduce, also to promise money saving, added Mr. Lotorev.

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