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    JUDICIAL AUTHORITY DISAGREES WITH ITS POSSIBLE RELOCATION TO ST. PETE

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    MOSCOW, January 30th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - The Russian Supreme Court believes the possible relocation of the judicial authority to St. Petersburg would be a mistake.

    "This is a mistake. There is no point in making this expensive move," Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Viktor Zhuikov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. He added, "nobody has explained to us the reasons for the relocation." Zhuikov continued that the Supreme Court had received a government request to lay out considerations on the possible transfer of the supreme courts to St. Petersburg. So the Supreme Court is due to formulate its considerations on the score before February 15th.

    The Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court added that this issue had already been discussed with the judges of the Court and would soon be considered by representatives of other supreme courts of Russia.

    According to a source in the judicial circles, Kasyanov earlier gave instructions to "work out a plan with interested organisations and present an initial arrangements plan with a feasibility study on the possible transfer of the supreme judicial bodies to St. Petersburg before March 15th, 2004." The instructions have been forwarded in particular to the Economic Development Ministry, the Finance Ministry, Russia's State Construction Committee and the St. Petersburg administration.

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