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Possible Scenarios for Why Russia’s Federation Council Might Hold an Emergency Meeting
This week’s announcement that the Russian Federation Council most likely will hold an emergency session is an indicator of high-level talks within the Russian government. This policy brief discusses the most pressing scenarios which could justify such an emergency meeting.
This week the speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, announced that senators should be ready for a possible emergency meeting (Telecanal Doshd, 3 June 2015). The Federation Council is the upper house of the Russian Duma. It consists of 170 senators. Its competencies range from coordinating business with the State Duma to the deployment of military troops abroad. Other powers include delineating the state budget, approving border changes, and high-level nominations within the government.
Extraordinary meetings of the Council are rare. The last emergency session of the Federation Council occurred in March 2014 when members held