MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, voted against a proposal to postpone discussion of the NGO (non-governmental organizations) bill and will proceed with the debate Wednesday as scheduled.
Only 78 deputies voted for the postponement, which was initiated by Communist Party member Oleg Smolin, with eight voting against and one abstention.
Sergei Popov, chairman of the State Duma committee for public associations and religious organizations, said the bill was ready for the second reading and there was no need for delay.
State Duma Vice Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky also supported proceeding with discussion of the bill. "There should be control in everything, and controlling any organization is normal," he said.
The lower house plans to discuss Wednesday the bill regulating the activity of non-governmental non-profit organizations. In accordance with changes, the bill will exclude the clause on financial control over NGOs. However, the body that registers an NGO will retain the right to request confirmation from authorities overseeing NGO operations.