Next Russian parliament to work in new parliamentary center - Naryshkin

The next Russian parliament will work in the new parliamentary center, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said at the house hearings on the parliamentary center construction on Monday.

"The modern Russian parliament will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Being the supreme legislative body, it needs conditions for efficient work. I think that the next parliament will occupy the new parliamentary center, while we should lay down the foundation of this big work," he said.

The construction of a new parliamentary center is not a whim; it is a pressing need, Naryshkin said.

The edifices that the State Duma and the Federation Council are using now were not meant for parliamentary work, he said. For instance, the State Duma has a deficit of rooms for parliamentary hearings, roundtables and meetings with the public. Offices of deputies and their assistants are too small, he said.

"Committees hold their meetings in tight quarters. The State Duma staff has the same problem, and the Federation Council, too," Naryshkin said.

The new parliamentary center is supposed to accommodate both houses.

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