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The State Duma has adopted the first reading of a draft law on the transfer of the Constitutional Court from Moscow to Petersburg
The State Duma has adopted the first reading of a draft law on the transfer of the Constitutional Court from Moscow to Petersburg. The deputies introduced an amendment in the 115th article of the law on the Constitutional Court that specifies its location. The document was submitted to the lower house of parliament at the initiative of the Petersburg Legislative Assembly. Speaker of the Petersburg parliament Vadim Tyulpanov noted that the transfer of the Constitutional Court to Petersburg would raise its status not encroaching on the Moscow status. “The concentration of power and business in the capital is enormous that is not favorable for the Muscovites,” he believes. Meanwhile, the handover of some functions of the capital to Petersburg will be “an act restoring the historical justice,” he emphasized. Tyulpanov hopes the Constitutional Court may move to Petersburg in the end of 2007 or early in 2008. The speaker noted that the Constitutional Court is planned to be housed in the buildings of the Senate and the Synod. However, the buildings need an overhaul. “The building is perfect. Meanwhile, its condition is very difficult, big investments are needed to repair it,” First Vice-Premier Dmitry Medvedev believes. Head of the Committee for Constitutional Legislation and State Construction Vladimir Pligin stressed that “the reconstruction of the Senate and the Synod will take at least one year.” “Petersburg is a city where the Constitutional Court will work more efficiently, all conditions will be created for its functioning and at the same time the functions of the capital will be divided,” State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov pointed out. He ruled out that other federal agencies would be transferred from Moscow to Petersburg. “This tendency will not appear, other agencies will not move” to Petersburg, he believes. The transfer of the Constitutional Court will need at least 221 million roubles, and this sum should be specified already in the budget for the next year. The sum includes the expenses to resettle judges and officials of the Constitutional Court personnel, to transport their property, provide them with housing, transport the archives and other property of the court, provide the premises with the communications and purchase furniture. President Vladimir Putin hopes that the transfer of the Constitutional Court in his native city “will not envisage huge unjustified expenses.” “It is a successful decision,” he said after the December trip to Petersburg with chairman of the Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin and Kremlin chief property manager Vladimir Kozhin. The head of state already said he would approve of the decision on the Constitutional Court’s transfer after the State Duma has voted for the draft law on the issue.
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