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Russia: Upper House Calls On Yeltsin To Sign Bill On Seized Art

Moscow, 10 June 1997 (RFE/RL)) - A dispute between the Russian parliament and President Boris Yeltsin over artworks seized during and after World War Two continued today.

The Federation Council, parliament's upper house, overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Yeltsin to sign a measure which would prevent the return of art taken from Germany. Yeltsin had refused to recognize the Federation Council's earlier override of his veto of the measure, saying it was invalid because the vote was held by mail.

Federation Council chairman Yegor Stroyev says the body might take the issue to the country's Constitutional Court if Yeltsin continues to refuse to sign the measure into law.

Seized art has been a controversial subject in Russo-German relations, as Bonn has pressed for its return.