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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Candidates Rap Rule on Airtime

Two presidential contenders asked Russia's Supreme Court on Sunday to invalidate the Central Election Commission's rules granting free airtime on state television to all candidates.

Grigory Yavlinsky and Svyatoslav Fyodorov said the commission's rules were "not destined for practical implementation" and "restrict the constitutional rights" of candidates in the June 16 vote, Interfax said.

In particular they protested the strict time limits for the television campaign, from May 14 through June 14, and said it was impossible for all candidates to finance it themselves, the report said.

Every candidate will have at least 90 minutes of free airtime on state-run television channels, in 10-minute spots, CEC chairman Nikolai Ryabov said Sunday.