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    Constitutional Court hesitant about moving to St. Petersburg

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    MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The chairman of the Constitutional Court expressed hope Wednesday that the court would not move from Moscow to St. Petersburg anytime soon.

    "I cannot comment on it [the move], because we still do not have an official legislative document," Valery Zorkin said. "But I hope that the country will make a correct decision, and the move will not happen anytime soon, and we will stay here [in Moscow] for a while."

    Speaker of the lower house of parliament Boris Gryzlov said Tuesday that the State Duma was planning to submit the bill on the move to the government as early as this week.

    Zorkin said he could not comment on the political implications of the move, but the issue "should be considered thoroughly."

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