resident of Tyumen, Siberia, has lodged a complaint at the Constitutional Court of Russia, protesting the Kremlin’s move to scrap the election of governors by popular vote. Vladimir Putin signed the law introducing the new procedure for appointing regional leaders in late 2004.
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday launched proceedings into the complaint objecting to the recently established procedure of electing regional leaders proposed by the president via local legislatures, chief spokesperson for the court, Anna Malysheva, told the Interfax news agency.
The complaint was filed by Vladimir Grishkovets, who asked the court to establish whether the new procedure was in compliance with the Constitution.
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