As expected, the Russian parliament ratified the New START treaty earlier this week - the Duma passed the resolution that approved the Federal Law on Ratification of the Treaty on January 25, 2011. The Federation Council, the upper chamber of the parliament, passed its approval resolution on January 26, 2011.

The final text of the ratification law is not much different from the draft that was submitted for the second reading two weeks ago. Most changes are editorial (like changing "realization of the treaty" to "implementation of the treaty"). Almost all of them would be lost in translation, so for most purposes the old translation (the one that I posted here or the State Department's version posted at should work fine.