Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Russian Highest Courts to Move to St. Petersbusrg

As government plans to relocate federal ministries to Moscow's newly adjoined territories are reportedly being reworked, officials are considering moving the Supreme Court and Supreme Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court to St. Petersburg. The decision to relocate both courts to St. Petersburg followed a meeting of the presidential administration last week. The move runs counter to plans by former President Dmitry Medvedev in April 2012 to place the courts within Moscow's new boundaries. The proposed location for the two courts is the site of a planned luxury residential complex and close to the Constitutional Court, which moved to St. Petersburg in 2008.  It is unclear when the move will take place, but it is expected to cost more than the relocation of the Constitutional Court, which ended up costing 5.3 billion rubles instead of the 221 million rubles originally projected.

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