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    KAZAN, February 26 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Gavrilenko) - State Council (parliament) deputies of Tatarstan, Russia's republic, sent a request to the Russian Constitutional Court to check the constitutionality of the federal law On Languages of the People of the Russian Federation, on Thursday.

    The deputies see the provision of the law, envisaging that Cyrillic be used as alphabetic script of Russian republics' languages as violating the Constitution.

    According to the parliamentarians, the Tatar people have the right to translate the national alphabet into the Latin script. It was used in Tatarstan in the 1920s and 1930s and is considered to be more convenient for the Tatar language than Cyrillic.

    The Russian republics' constitutional right to opt for their own state languages allows them to choose the alphabetic script themselves as well, the Tatar parliamentarians believe.

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