Moscow, March 20 (RFE/RL) - Russia's lower house of
parliament, the State Duma, today rejected an appeal of the Federation
Council, the upper house, to reconsider a resolution aimed at
restoring the Soviet Union.
The Duma adopted the resolution last week.
Our correspondent quotes Duma representatives as saying that only
109 deputies voted for a review of last week's decision, far short of the required 226 votes.
The Federation Council decision will not be discussed by all Duma
factions until the next session on Friday.
The Duma resolution denouncing the 1991 decision to create the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has led to a row between the communist-dominated lower house and President Boris Yeltsin.
Federation Council members called yesterday to postpone the
presidential elections, slated for June 16, in view of the Duma move. But the Central Election Committee ruled this out.