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WORLD : Soviets Ease Up on Baltic Republics

<i> From Times wire services</i>

The Soviet Parliament today adopted two resolutions paving the way for the Baltic republics to have greater control of their economies.

The action by the Supreme Soviet was a major victory for Baltic activists, who have accused Moscow of sapping the republics’ natural resources and failing to help preserve their native cultures.

One resolution would allow Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to trade independently with other Soviet republics, Tass said. Under the second resolution, Estonian and Lithuanian authorities, instead of officials in Moscow, will decide production matters and control how profits are spent.

The resolutions call on the Council of Ministers to draw up draft laws on the resolutions and submit them to the Supreme Soviet by Oct. 1 for approval, Tass said.

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