State Duma deputies cancel summer vacation due to mobilization needs

An extraordinary meeting of the State Duma on July 15 may not be the only one before the start of the autumn session. According to Interfax, citing an informed source, the possibility of new meetings “corresponds to the position that deputies should always be on the mobilization agenda.”

The State Duma apparatus previously noted in a conversation with Interfax that “the deputies have two regional weeks ahead.” Therefore, convening for plenary sessions is not a break from their vacations.

On Friday, July 15, the State Duma held an extraordinary meeting. According to the speaker of the lower house, Vyacheslav Volodin, the deputies urgently needed to consider initiatives “to support citizens and the economy.” What specific bills will be considered, it was not known until the last moment.

Among other initiatives, the deputies approved a new position for Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov “Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.” His new appointment was supported by 394 deputies, one abstained. The deputies also allowed spending maternity capital to pay for private education, decided to give border guards with the status of combat veterans and postponed the submission of the draft budget from September 15 to October 1.

Since January 2022, the Duma has adopted 361 laws. 1203 legislative initiatives remained under consideration. The day before, Vladimir Putin signed 122 federal laws and two federal constitutional laws adopted at the end of the spring session.

Among other things, the president allowed the authorities to force businesses to fulfill state orders for the needs of the army, and deprive employees of the right to leave on weekends. The laws expanded the concepts of treason and espionage, and also completely blurred the concept of a “foreign agent”: it can be anyone who is under “other foreign influence”.

The Russians were banned from carrying red caviar from Kamchatka in their luggage, and throwing garbage out of the windows of sub-cars, but they were allowed to grow rabbits, geese and chickens in their dachas.


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