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Izvestia, by Alexander Sadchikov

"UNBREAKABLE UNION" RESTORED

December 9, 2000

- ON DECEMBER 8, THE DUMA PASSED LAWS ON RUSSIA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM, FLAG, COAT OF ARMS, AND SYMBOLS FOR THE ARMED FORCES AND THE NAVY. THERE WAS LITTLE DEBATE IN THE DUMA, AND ALL THE LAWS PASSED VERY EASILY. HOWEVER, THIS GRAND EVENT IS UNLIKELY TO IMPROVE RUSSIA'S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SITUATION.

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