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Gap Between Law And Its Enforcement Narrowing in Russia - President

HANNOVER. July 19 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has admitted the presence of a rift between the letter and the sprit of the law, but has said that this gap is "not dramatic."

"I will say it right away: for example, there is a gap between the letter and the spirit of the law in our country, a gap between how a law is formulated and how it is put into practice," Medvedev said at the Petersburg Dialogue Russian-German forum in Hannover.

The Russian president, however, said he would not describe this rift as "dramatic."

"I think that, on the contrary, we are narrowing the gap between laws and their enforcement," he said.

Any state has similar problems, "but resolving them is a serious task for us," he said.

The partnership for modernization idea applies to the sphere of law as well, Medvedev said.

"It is extremely important for us to know the opinion of our civil societies regarding the state of legislation. Because legislation is not just a code of rules put on paper, but it also means the spirit of the law, as well as how this law is enforced," the president said.


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