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Russian High Court To Consider Complaint Against Ruling Party

MOSCOW -- Russia's Constitutional Court has agreed to consider a complaint from a regional deputy claiming that all the regional parliament committees are headed by deputies from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Igor Volfson, a Communist Party deputy in Altai Krai, sent a complaint contesting the right of the local United Russia faction to head all the committees in the regional parliament of the central Russian region.

Volfson said this "party power" situation is a violation not only of the rights of citizens who voted for another party but also of the lawmaking process.

Volfson said that attempts by opposing deputies to change the system have been ineffective.

According to the Altai Krai branch of the Communist Party, the Constitutional Court has sent Volfson's complaint to several heads of parliamentary splinter groups and regional governors.

The Constitutional Court plans to consider Volfson's complaint on September 17.