World Briefing | Europe Russia Foreign Assests Bill Advances

International Herald Tribune
Friday 22nd February, 2013

The lower house of Parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly for a bill to bar government officials from holding bank accounts or stocks outside of Russia, signaling that the measure is likely to win final approval. The vote, the first of three required to send the bill to the upper chamber, was 443 to 0. The bill was proposed by President Vladimir V. Putin, and supporters say it will help combat corruption.

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