Russian duma gives easy passage to currency law

RUSSIA - Russia's parliament on 13 July supported President Vladimir Putin's plan to liberalise currency controls, ignoring a central bank request to postpone approval until the autumn.

The bill sailed easily through three readings in the space of 20 minutes after the State Duma, the lower house, decided to handle the law in one session rather over several, as is usual.

The law, passed 240 to 141 with four abstentions, cuts the amount of hard currency earnings which have to be brought back to R

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