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    CHAIRMAN OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT: RUSSIA NEEDS FULL-SCALE REFORM OF LAW

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    MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Chairman of the Russian Federation's Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin stated on Friday that Russia needs a full-scale reform of law. He addressed the international conference Constitutional Court's Role in Ensuring Stability and Development of the Constitution.

    In the well-known Russian legal expert's opinion, the results attained in the legal sphere in the post-Soviet epoch "cannot but be characterized as significant, but they are still far from all the necessary standards which a democratic state, governed by law, rests on."

    The head of the Constitutional Court believes that this hampers Russia's real development. "If the reform of law is not sped up in the country all the other reforms will start slipping very soon."

    He cited low-quality legislation, its instability and "backward legal awareness and juridical education" among the existing problems.

    Zorkin stressed that the problem of legal education concerns not only judges and law-enforcers but also officials, entrepreneurs and military - all Russian citizens without exception.

    "The ideal of the reform of law is unity of mass legal awareness and legal awareness of power," the head of the Russian Constitutional Court stated.

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