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Russia: Yeltsin Signs Economic Decrees

Moscow, 23 July 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin interrupted his holiday on the Volga River today to meet with top officials and sign a series of economic decrees.

Yeltsin held talks with First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov and the chairman of the Central Bank, Sergei Dubinin. Saying legislators spent too much time vacationing, Yeltsin called on the State Duma to interrupt its summer recess to pass a series of bills aimed at overcoming Russia's current socio-economic crisis. He also chastized state officials who have so far failed to file public tax declarations. Yeltsin signed a series of decrees, among them orders on liberalizing gold trading, privatizing enterprises tied to the military and selling shares in the state electrical energy concern.