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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 29 (RIA Novosti correspondent Olesya Schegolkova) - Russian figure-skaters, their trainers and national Figure-Skating Federation functionaries are up in arms against new refereeing patterns. The ISU, International Skating Union, introduced a Grand Prix judgement reform last year.

    As opinion probes among the country's leading athletes and trainers show, no one thinks the new pattern will work in European and world championships, Valentin Piseyev, Russia's Figure-Skating Federation president, said to a Novosti news conference this afternoon.

    Russian delegates will address the nearest ISU congress, due July, with resolute objections to the arrangements, he added.

    "The system is not ripe yet - suffice it to mention the Plushchenko controversy in [recent] Grand Prix finals," said Mr. Piseyev. With gold at the previous stages, Yevgeny Plushchenko ranked second in the finals due to a referee's error.

    The Russian Figure-Skating Federation has offered the ISU alternative refereeing blueprints.

    The reform is bringing more problems with expensive gadgetry it requires. Many national figure-skating federations are up against it.

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