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    Russia's upper house voted Wednesday to send back a bill on transferring the Constitutional Court from Moscow to St. Petersburg over one provision banning the court from convening in other cities.

    MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's upper house voted Wednesday to send back a bill on transferring the Constitutional Court from Moscow to St. Petersburg over one provision banning the court from convening in other cities.

    Although members of the Federation Council rejected the bill by 103 against 21, they approved the idea of moving the court to Russia's second largest city.

    The lower house, the State Duma, passed the bill December 20. In the final, third reading, Duma deputies adopted a provision to ban the Constitutional Court from gathering anywhere but St. Petersburg, and decided that the court should have a representation in Moscow.

    The committee for constitutional legislation in the upper house recommended that the Federation Council turn down the bill and form a conciliatory commission, Yury Sharandin, the committee chairman, said.
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