The Council of the lower house of the Russian parliament has decided not to include on the Duma’s agenda a number of Communist-sponsored bills aimed at giving parliament power to oust the president on health grounds. The Duma Council seems to have heeded a Kremlin warning that adopting such legislation would lay the Duma open to charges of usurpation of power. Under the Russian constitution, that constitutes grounds for the president to dissolve parliament. (Itar-Tass, February 4)
Car Bomb Attack May Have Been Intended to Warn Minister.