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DATE=5/25/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / PUTIN (L-O) NUMBER=2-262804 BYLINE=EVE CONANT DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russian President Vladimir Putin is making moves to further tighten his grip on Russia's regions. Moscow correspondent Eve Conant reports Mr. Putin says he will boost the powers of his seven new regional envoys by bringing them into Russia's top security body. TEXT: President Vladimir Putin says he plans to include his seven regional envoys in the country's influential Security Council. The seven will have the task of bringing Russia's unruly regions back under Kremlin control. /// ACT PUTIN IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER /// I will be meeting with my representatives in the federal zones on a regular basis - says President Putin - and this week I plan to prepare and sign a decree introducing them into the Security Council. Such a move would place the seven envoys, which include generals from the former K-G-B and army, on par with some of Russia's top ministers. The Security Council includes Russia's Defense and Foreign Ministers, army chiefs, and parliamentary representatives. The body is designed to brief the president on all security issues. Soon after being elected president, Mr. Putin carved up Russia's 89 regions into seven huge administrative zones, each with a presidential envoy to report directly back to Mr. Putin. The likely promotion of the envoys to the Security Council is being viewed as another move by Mr. Putin to strip regional governors of their power and keep them under the Kremlin's watchful eye. /// ACT PUTIN IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER /// Mr. Putin said - I want to make a more clear divide between the duties of the federal center and the regions. Our aim is to make the work of the federal structures in the regions more effective, not as vague as it used to be. During past years, many of the elected governors in Russia's regions have been able to act independently of Moscow, and in some cases, have passed laws that officials say openly contradict the Russian constitution. (SIGNED) NEB/EC/GE/RAE 25-May-2000 10:01 AM EDT (25-May-2000 1401 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .