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MOSCOW, September 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Federation Council (FC) upper house of the Russian parliament, at its plenary meeting on Wednesday, is to consider amendments allowing regional legislative assemblies and governors to delegate members of the State Duma lower house as their representatives in the upper house.
The international segment of the Wednesday agenda of the FC includes items concerning ratification of agreements on the on the placing of military bases of the Russian Federation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to the documents, Russian combined military bases will be kept in the territories of these republics for 49 years, with the possibility of an automatic prolongation every 15 years. Both agreements are aimed at "consolidating long-term Russian military presence and at enhancing security in the region", explanatory materials point out.
Within the framework of a Government Hour question-and-answer session, the FC members are to hear Igor Artemyev, Director of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, who will tell them about anti-monopoly regulation of the prices of petroleum products.