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Constitutional Court Was Pressured Only Once, During Yeltsin's Time - Chairman

MOSCOW. Dec 2 (Interfax) - The Constitutional Court came under pressure only once in its entire history, when Boris Yeltsin was president, Court Chairman Valery Zorkin said in comments on claims courts are not independent enough.

"This is due to either a lack of information, or malice. The Constitutional Court, over my time in it - I have been with the court since the beginning and I was its first chairman - was pressured only once, during Boris
Yeltsin's tenure, when he issued a decree in 1993," Zorkin said at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

"The court was told then: do it this way, not that way. After that even Yeltsin never dictated to the court again how things should be done," he said.

It is enough to hear how the presidential representative speaks in the court and "what judgments the court passes on many of the key issues, to understand that these claims are not true," he said.





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