Moscow, 14 July 2000 (RFE/RL) - Talks between Russia's regional
leaders and the lower house of parliament collapsed today. The joint committee was seeking compromise with the governors on a
legislative package put forward by President Vladimir Putin.
legislation would strip the governors of their parliamentary seats in the
Federation Council, make them subject to criminal investigation and give
Putin the power to sack them if a court says they broke the law.
The Duma has already passed the bills with majorities large enough to
override the veto by the Federation Council.